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Costa Rica Country Information

General Information*
Costa Rica is a Central American success story; since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred its democratic development. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

  • Population - 4,075,261 (July 2006 est.)

  • GDP - per capita: $11,100 (2005 est.)

  • Inflation - 13.8% (2005 est.)

  • GDP - real growth rate: 4% (2005 est.)

  • Unemployment rate - 6.6% (2005 est.)

  • Literacy rate - 96%

  • Population below Poverty Line - 18% (2004 est.)

  • Location - Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama. Coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes.

  • Climate - tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands

*Source: The World Factbook
For more information on the country go to http://www.costarica.com/Home/

Direct Sales Market

  • Total Sales: $60 to $65 million USD
  • Number of Salespeople - 150,000 active independent distributors
  • 12 companies are registered with the local Direct Selling Association
  • Avon is the leader in the industry, followed by Omnilife, Amway, Zermat, Ebel and Oriflame