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.
In Costa Rica, coffee production makes up nine 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.
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.