Costa Rica. In early October, a series of corruption
scandals shook Costa Rica, which is otherwise considered one
of Latin America's least corrupt countries. It was revealed,
among other things. that almost a quarter of a US $ 40
million loan from Finland in 2001 to Costa Rica's Social
Security Fund has actually gone directly to employees. At
the same time, former President Rafael Calderón was banned
from leaving the country until clarity was reached regarding
the half-million dollars paid to him through a bank account
in Panama. In addition, the French telecommunications
company Alcatel found that the state telecommunications and
electricity company ICE had contracted with US $ 3.6 million
to be able to contract US $ 260 million for both mobile and
CountryAAH, the total population in Costa Rica is 5,094,129 people in 2020.
The scandals have increased an already widespread
politician disdain; opinion polls conducted concurrently
with the revelations showed that 50-65% of voters lost
interest in voting.
Costa Rica - San José
San José, the capital of Costa Rica; 288,200 residents (2012). San José is
located at the foot of the Central Cordillera in central Costa Rica. The city is
the center of the country's industry, with mainly the food industry but also the
textile and plastic industry and the chemical industry.
San José, located on the Pan-American Highway and linked to the coastal city
of Puntarenas on the Pacific coast and Limón on the Caribbean, is the country's
leading communications center. The city also has an international airport and
San José, founded under the name of Villa Nueva in 1736, became the
capital of 1823.