Costa Rica

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Group.png Costa Rica   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Costa Rica (orthographic projection).svg
Flag of Costa Rica (state).svg
LocationCentral America
LeaderCosta Rica/President
Typenation state
Member ofInternational Criminal Court, Organisation of American States, UN
SubpageCosta Rica/President
Costa Rica/Vice President
An armyless country between Nicaragua and Panama

Costa Rica is a nation state in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama.


In 1949, after a brief but bloody civil war, Costa Rica became the first state to abolish its army. Its southern neighbour, Panama abolished its army in 1990.


In 1990, John Floyd Hull was charged with murder in Costa Rica in connection with drug trafficking.


In 2021, Costa Rica, lead by Carlos Alvarado Quesada, a WEF young global leader, became the first country in the world to make COVID-vaccination mandatory for children under-12.[1]

The order was rescinded in 2022, when the new President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves confirmed that the jab against covid-19 will not be mandatory in Costa Rica.[2] In May, Chaves dropped his country’s mask mandate and the requirement that public employees get injected. The announcement came after almost 93% of Costa Ricans had their first dose, 87% had a second, 51% a third and 10% a fourth dose.[3]



University of Costa Rica26 August 1940University in the Republic of Costa Rica, in Central America


Citizens of Costa Rica on Wikispooks

José María Figueres Olsen24 December 1954Son of another President of Costa Rica, this one was a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 1995
Carlos Alvarado Quesada14 January 1980The President of Costa Rica since 2018; graduate of WEF/Young Global Leaders 2019
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