Fascinating facts about Costa Rica

Fascinating facts about Costa Rica

Do you know that ... Costa Rica is loved by tourists for its national parks, beautiful beaches, traditions, friendly people and perfect climate.

Do you know that ... Costa Rica democracy is considered to be the oldest one still in the third world.

Do you know that Costa Rica has four idols: Óscar Arias Sánchez (Costa Rica president), Sylvia Poll Arenhs (sportswoman), Claudia Poll Arenhs (athlete) and Franklin Chang Díaz (astronaut).

Did you know that ... In July 1975, María Milagro Paris became the first Latin American woman to class in the FINA World Championship finals, finishing fifth in the 100-meter butterfly competition in Cali, Colombia. In the 1970s, María Milagro Paris was the best sport in Costa Rica.

Did you know that ... Franklin Ramón Diaz Chang was the first Costa Rica American to travel in space. He was born April 5, 1950 in San Jose, Costa Rica. After completing an intensive year of testing and training, he was ready for his first space mission that took place in 1986 on board Columbia Space Shuttle.

Did you know that ... Pope John Paul II visited San Jose, the capital Costa Rica 1983.

Do you know that in 1987, Oscar Rafael de Jesús Arias Sánchez, currently President of Costa Rica, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting peace in Central America. He was born September 13, 1940 in Heredia, Costa Rica. As Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic), Aung San Sui Kyi (Myanmar), Nelson Mandela (South Africa) and Jimmy Carter (USA), Óscar Arias Sánchez is a symbol of democracy in the world.

Do you know that Costa Rica has had spectacular beauties in the past centuries: Martha Escalante Fernández (Semifinalist at Miss World 1965), Ana Lorena González (Semifinalist on Miss World 1986), Marlene Chávez Mata Miss International 1980, Gidget Sandoval Miss International 1983), Giannina Facio Franco (former model) and Maribel Fernández Guardia (actress).

Do you know that ... Costa Rica has one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It contains 5 percent of the worlds biodiversity.

Did you know that ... Maribel Fernández Guardia, best known as La Bella (the beautiful), is an actress from Costa Rica. She was one of Latin Americas most famous actresses in the 1980s and early 1990s. Prior to becoming a famous actress in the Mexican film industry, she had been Miss Costa Rica in 1978 and Miss Photogenic-Universe in 1978, an experience she said helped prepare her to act. Maribel Fernández Guardia appeared on the cover of many newspapers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Do you know that ... Costa Rica now ranks 48th 177 countries in the UN Human Development Index. Health Health Index in Costa Rica includes one of the worlds highest levels of life expectancy (77 years).

Did you know that ... When Spanish navigators first arrived in Costa Rica in 1502, were hit by huge beauty in their green mountains ... they broke out Costa Rica.

Do you know that ... Like South Africa, South Korea and Barbados, Costa Rica is one of the best democracies in the third world. For this reason, Costa Rica is called Switzerland of the Americas.

In 1953, political reform led by President José María Figueres Ferrer. His insight brought about the recovery of Costa Rica and establishes a free and democratic society on Costa Rica. Surely he had created a perfect democracy on Costa Rica for the world to see.

Do you know that ... Football is by far the most popular sport in the country.

Do you know that ... Costa Rica has some of Latin Americas best beaches, with pure white sand and many types of water sports. For water sports lovers there is windsurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming and sailing.

Do you know that ... Costa Rica is bigger than Denmark or Taiwan.

Do you know that ... Chiripo National Park is a great place to relax. It is a dramatic national park, where visitors can see many orchids, birds and animals.

Did you know that ... Giannina Facio Franco was a Costa Rica supermodel and actress. She was born September 10, 1955 in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. She was one of the most beautiful Latin American women in the 1980s.

Do you know that ... Costa Ricas birdlife is abundant and contains some exceptionally exotic and colorful species, like the quetzale, one of the most beautiful birds in the world.

Do you know that ... Costa Rican is one of the most homogenous people in the world.

Do you know that ... Lorena Marlene Chávez, Miss Costa Rica, was elected Miss International 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. Her title was celebrated by Costa Rican. She became the first central American to win an international beauty contest.

Did you know that ... Costa Rica was the first country in the world to promote ecological tourism in an accelerated form.

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