Costa Rica: Overview                                                       


Capital

San José

 

Government

Democratic republic

 

Population

4,755,234 (2014)

 

Ethnic Groups

White or mestizo

83.6%

 

Mulato

6.7%

 

Indigenous

2.4%

 

Black of African descent

1.1%

 

Other

1.1%

 

None

2.9%

 

Unspecified

2.2% 

Religion

Roman Catholic

76.3%

 

Evangelical

13.7%

 

Jehovah's Witnesses

1.3%

 

Other Protestant

0.7%

 

Other

4.8%

 

None

3.2%

Language

Spanish (official)

 

 

English (commonly spoken)

Independence from Spain

September 15, 1821