Costa Rica: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Costa Rica including the culture, climate for refugees and voting laws.

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Costa Ricans have in the past generally extended a warm welcome to any and all foreign capital. Now, however, new public awareness of the extent of such investments may change the pattern for the future. The proposed Alcoa Aluminum processing plant has been the cause of some student protests.

Costa Rica's European life-style, Hispanic culture, and relaxed, tolerant attitudes have caused many North Americans to make the country their home. The Government welcomes most such foreigners, and has established procedures for granting them visas and citizenship. They are required to have some independent income, and may not take away jobs from Costa Ricans.

Costa Rica has accepted large numbers of refugees from a variety of sources. Chileans leaving the socialist Government of Salvador Allende went to Costa Rica, and after the military coup that overthrew Allende in 1973, his supporters also fled to Costa Rica.

Voting is compulsory for all citizens over 18. Failure to vote is punished by increasingly stiff fines. Women 1st voted in 1949.

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