Costa Rica: Key Information & Facts

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Updated: 2018-05-02.

General points to know about the country of Costa Rica – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more – whether you are traveling there or not.

Capital: San José (& largest city)

Population: 4.9 million (2017 estimate)

Language(s)Spanish & various regional languages

President: Luis Guillermo Solís

Vice President: Helio Fallas Venegas

Currency: Colón (CRC)

Area: 51,100 km2 (19,700 mi2)

Dialing Code: +506

Time Zone: Central Standard Time “CST” (UTC-6)
•   DST/Summer Time: N/A

Demonym: Costa Rican or Tico (what’s this?)

EndonymCosta Rica
(their name for their country)
Emergency Dialing Tel. Number: 911 (general number for police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: None (but 18 to purchase)

Age of Consent: 18

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 120 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B (define)

Country Code (ISO): CR (also the country’s primary TLD {top-level domain})

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