Costa Rica is a country located in Central America. Nicaragua lies to the north and Panama to the southeast. We are surrounded by water, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and southwest. Its capital, a political and economic center, is San Jose and the official language is Spanish.
Costa Rica is one of the most stable democracies in Latin America, because of all the years it has maintained good political stability. It won worldwide recognition for having been the first country to abolish the army on December 1st, 1948. Its index of human development is one of the best in Latin America and is ranked in 4th place behind Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Costa Rica was ranked 5th place worldwide, by the Environmental Performance index in 2008. Among Latin American countries, Costa Rica is ranked 1st in the index of Tourism Competitiveness and is ranked 42nd worldwide.