Costa Rica

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Apparently there is a machismo tradition of hissing at attractive women. A famous quote goes something like, “Costa Rica is full of snakes and they’re all men!”

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The fly in this liberal ointment is Costa Rica’s surprising opposition to in vitro fertilisation; Costa Rica was the first country, in 2000, to go so far as to outlaw the medical procedure. That legislation remained in force in 2013, despite the matter being referred to the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, which in 2012 had condemned Costa Rica for ‘violating human rights, reproductive rights and the right of the citizen to what it described as ‘personal integrity.’ Costa Ricans seeking to have a ‘test-tube baby’ were left with no choice but to travel elsewhere. The international court ordered Costa Rica to introduce legislation permitting the procedure in its public health programmes. Going still further, the Court ordered Costa Rica to indemnify those of its citizens whose requests had been rejected by the state and as a result had not been able to become parents.

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: República de Costa Rica (Republic of Costa Rica)
Head of State: President Luis Guillermo Solís (PAC) (since 8 May 2014)
Head of government: President Luis Guillermo Solís (PAC) (since 8 May 2014)
Ruling party: (Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) (Citizen Action Party) (took office 1 May 2014)
Area: 51,060 square km
Population: 4.78 million (2014)* (4,301,712; 2011 census figure)
Capital: San José
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Colón (CC) = 100 céntimos
Exchange rate: CC536.50 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$10,083 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.50% (2014)*
GDP: US$48.14 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 2.12 million (2009)
Unemployment: 8.20% (2014)*
Inflation: 3.19% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$5.68 billion (2014)*
* estimated figure

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