Nature in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a world leader in environmental matters
National parks, zona protectoras and more
Protected areas, such as national parks and bio reserves, make up more than a quarter of the country area. It is the first tropical country that seeks the reversing of deforestation. Many reforestation private-projects initiative, with government support, are based in Costa Rica.
The energy in the country is derived mostly from hydropower, the best known for it is the beautiful Lake Arenal, near the volcano Fortuna. But there is also included the wind energy, thermal power plants, which convert earth heat in energy.
People in Costa Rica
The almost 4,4 million people in Cost Rica is composed as the following order: approximately 94% is white or mestizos, 3% black, 1% indigenous, and 2% other. So Costa Rica is the Central American country with the lowest percentage of indigenous population.
More than half the population lives in cities.
Animals in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica you will see a lot of wildlife. There are a lot of small animals, but aswell some bigger mamiferos.
In Costa Ricayou can observe 4 diferent types of apes- called monos.
The Squirrel Monkey, in Spanish Mono Titi. This one is living exclusively on the Pacific coast. In Manuel Antonio National Parc you will see him for sure.
The "White faced Capuchin" can be seen in all Costa Rica and it's very active.
The "Mono Congo" in Spanish, the Howler Monkey is very resourceful, when talking about making noise. The Howler Monkey makes very loud noises.
The biggest monkey in Costa Rica is the "Spider Monkey" which can reach more than 60 cm (without his tail). You can observe them most in the flatlands.
Happy Costa Rica
The report on the "Happy Planet Index" was published in July 2009 and indicates that Costa Ricans have the highest life satisfaction in the world, and after Canada,they also have the second highest life expectancy.
The report particularly praised the environmental commitment of Costa Rica, and their positive attitude towards natural resources. The determination and constant efforts of the country to reduce carbon, are not only the support and participation of the people, but also from private sectors, such as Costa Rican hotels, and the travel industries.
The "Happy Planet Index", which explores the country with the happiest people, called the Dominican Republic as a runner-up, while industrialized countries fall on the rear seats. Great Britain and the United States are at number 74, and 114.
Costa Rica is not only well known for the good nature and openness of the people, but also for the large amount of rain forests, and natural attractions, such as: volcanoes, rivers, beaches and mountains.
Donate by Credit Card
The excuse: there is no cash for the collection plate at the church in Costa Rica. Believers can now pay donations with their credit cards.
The dinatolische church of San José tells that they have installed a device for donating at the door, after leaving tha fair.
The church use the mony received emphasizing exclusively in charitable purposes.
The dengue fever exists widely in the tropics, and also in Costa Rica. A healthy person, that experienced 1 time in his life dengue, thinks that he only had a strong cold.
Compared to the year 2010, this year has decline the number of infected people with dengue in Costa Rica. So until September 2011, only 200 cases have been recorded. In the same date of the last year, there were around 3000 cases recorded. This positive trend can be seen according to the Ministry of Health in the entire country, with the exception of the Central Pacific coast. This is the most affected region.