Factsheet : Costa Rica

Official Title:
Republic of Costa Rica (República de Costa Rica)


General Information

Capital: San José
Population (million): 4.91
Total Area: 51,100km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 401.36765 Colon (CRC) (2016- Annual average)
National Holiday: 15 September
Language(s): Spanish


Political Information

Type of State:
Democratic republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral presidential democracy: legislative assembly with 57 elected members; elections held every four years.

Head of State:
President Luis Guillermo Solís

Head of Government:
President Luis Guillermo Solís

Ministers:
First Vice President: Helio Fallas Venegas
Second Vice President: Ana Elena Chacón Echeverría
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Manuel González Sanz
Minister of Foreign Trade: Alexander Mora Delgado

Main Political Parties:
National Liberation Party (PLN): 18 Citizen Action Party (PAC): 13 Broad Front Party (FA): 9 Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC): 8 Libertarian Movement Party (ML): 4 Costa Rican Renovation Party (RC): 2 Other: 3

Elections:
2018 (President and Congress)


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Costa Rica Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 76.96 2,026.09
GDP per capita: ($) 15,676.77 55,924.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 4.33 1.47
Inflation: (%) -0.02 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 9.3 7

Product Trade and Investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $144,362,082
Canadian imports from country: $508,604,740
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Costa Rica: $37 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Roberto Carlos Dormond Cantú

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador-Designate James Hill


October 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Costa Rica
Year Exports Imports
2012 $185,462,772 $513,405,115
2013 $114,618,240 $590,949,370
2014 $152,065,817 $578,027,612
2015 $162,703,862 $503,119,007
2016 $144,362,082 $508,604,740
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Costa Rica
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $4,194,568 $3,157,173
02 Veg. Prod. $37,109,471 $269,651,781
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $579,123 $3,348
04 Food Prod. $21,883,331 $10,946,970
05 Mineral Prod. $3,104,912 $705
06 Chemical Prod. $14,873,265 $1,980,840
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,112,173 $40,256,431
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $28,863 $16,064
09 Wood Prod. $52,842 $378,726
10 Paper Prod. $3,929,505 $473,060
11 Textiles Prod. $1,968,318 $4,723,050
12 Dress Access. $214,721 $127,609
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $908,955 $2,950,266
14 Precious Metals/stones $16,157 $1,250,903
15 Base Metal Prod. $2,803,526 $1,435,554
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $28,685,898 $34,061,051
17 Vehicles and Equip. $4,503,339 $6,135,801
18 Specialized Inst. $6,703,155 $129,339,803
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $1,333
20 Misc. Articles $6,286,611 $1,641,134
21 Antiques $ $47,118