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Costa Rica

Costa Rica (, meaning "rich coast" in Spanish), officially the Republic of Costa Rica ( or , ), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before it came under Spanish Empire in the 16th century. Once a poor and isolated colony, since becoming independent in the 18th century, Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It constitutionally Military of Costa Rica permanently in 1949, becoming the first and one of the few sovereign List of countries without armed forces.

Costa Rica is known for its progressive environmental policies, being the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability.

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