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5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

The Number 1 Democracy in Latin America

Much has been said about the country's democracy. In 1979, an Inter-American Human Rights Court was established in San José and its fine reputation is known worldwide. Costa Rica was selected as the Court's site in recognition of its great respect for human rights throughout its history. Later, the United Nations favoured the country by establishing the University for Peace near the picturesque town of Ciudad Colón (previously known as Villa Colón) for its adherence to peace and political stability. The Earth Counsel, reputable international institution, was also located there because of the country's good and sustained environmental policies and active programs of conservation of natural resources.

The International Court of Justice, with headquarters in Le Hague, established an office in San José to handle all problems relating to national boundaries which occasionally come up between Latin American countries and which require impartial arbitration by a third party.

In 1983, the then president Luis Alberto Monge proclaimed the active and perpetual neutrality of Costa Rica as a nation. And in 1987, then President Oscar Arias won international prestige and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his sustained efforts which were very instrumental in bringing peace to Central America through the peace plan that he proposed. In March 2003, the well-known political figure and lawyer Elizabeth Odio Benitez was inducted into the newly created International Penal Court headquartered in Holland for a period of 8 years and elected as its vice-president. This designation, of course, was an honour bestowed not only to Ms. Odio, but also to Costa Rica for its long-standing efforts in maintaining democracy and human values.

The Country Has Led the Way in Many Respects

Costa Rica has been a leader and pioneer among Latin American countries in several respects. In 1813, it abolished slavery. Then in 1882, it abolished the death penalty. Surprisingly, it was abolished by President Tomás Guardia who was considered a dictator and ruled for 12 years. Who would have thought that a strong army general when in power would abolish the death penalty?

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