Costa Rica is a country located in Central America, bordering Panama to the South and Nicaragua to the North. Its capital and largest city is San Jose.
Costa Rica formerly belonged to the Spanish Empire until eventually becoming a sovereign state in 1847. Following a brief civil war, it abolished its army in 1949. Today it is considered one of the most prosperous nations in Latin America. It has a population of roughly 4.5 million people. This page collates all of DW's content on Costa Rica.
Initial results have put evangelical politician Fabricio Alvarado in the lead in the first round of Costa Rica's presidential vote. The election was dominated by a debate on gay marriage in the Central American country.
The International Court of Justice has ordered Nicaragua to compensate neighbor Costa Rica for damaging protected wetlands. The ruling is the top UN court's first foray into assessing costs for environmental damage.
In Costa Rica, coffee production makes up 9 percent of country's greenhouse gas emissions. Fertilizers, especially nitrogen-based fertilizers, release the most emissions. But now, farmers are learning more eco-friendly techniques with help from Germany's GIZ development agency. Transforming the coffee sector, they hope, will help Costa Rica reach its goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2021.