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.
The Northern Ghost Bat is not as spooky as it sounds. It is one of more than 100 species of bat that can be found in Costa Rica. However, unlike in the tales of its blood-sucking cousins, this cute critter doesn't have quite the same appetite.
Around 200 different frog species have disappeared in recent decades, and many more are critically endangered. One of the root causes is the chytrid fungus, a parasite that is infecting frogs on a global scale. Conservationists are fighting hard to save more of the amphibians from extinction. One of them is a 10-year-old girl from England. She's trying to protect the lemur leaf frog.
A year after Chile defeated Argentina in the Copa America final, the pair are to meet again in the tournament's centenary edition. Meanwhile, hosts USA face a group of death alongside Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay.
More than 70,000 Cubans fled to the United States in 2015, making it one of the largest Cuban migrations to the United States in decades. This time, migrants are not arriving on the Florida shores by boat, but take a roundabout route through South and Central America to the Texan border. Recently their journey was interrupted by Nicaragua - a close ally of Cuban President Raul Castro.