World Conference Venue

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was chosen to host for the XII IARMJ World Conference. It is a small country, but rich for its people, its level of education, its ability to learn and its specialization.Its natural wealth consists of its fauna, flora, rivers, beaches in both oceans, land and weather that allows it to produce during the twelve months of the year.

 The army of Costa Rica is constituted by its teachers and its great working mass, all living in peace. The Costa Rican people are characterized by their legendary cordiality and friendly nature. The majority of the population descends from the Spanish and European colonizers. The official language is Spanish. However, an increasing percentage of the population speaks English. For these reasons, exportation has grown steadily for more than twelve years, occupying the first place in Latin America in recent years. Costa Rica, with an extension of 51,100 km2, is home to people with a spirit full of hospitality who invite you to visit their country.

HISTORY
Costa Rica was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, on his fourth trip to the Americas. Their caravels anchored near Cariari Island, in the vicinity of what is now known as Limón, on the Caribbean coast. Impressed by the exuberance of its vegetation and by the abundance of jewelry and gold ornaments that the indigenous natives wore, Columbus baptized this land with the name of Costa Rica. In 1989, this country celebrated its 100th anniversary of democracy. In 1948 the army was abolished. The country has been nominated 12 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

POLITICAL DIVISION
The territory of the country is administratively divided into seven provinces: San José, the capital; Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limón.

LOCATION
In the North it borders Nicaragua, in the South Panama, the East and the West with the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, respectively.

 WEATHER
Costa Rica enjoys a spring weather throughout the year. The average temperature is 72°F (22°C) in the Central Valley. Coastal and beach temperatures range between 70-90°F (21-32°C)

EDUCATION
The country currently has one of the highest literacy rates in the continent with about 94% of the population being literate.

TRANSPORT
It is easily accessible by land, by sea and by air. Visitors from Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, and other Latin American countries can travel along the Inter-American Highway, which is open throughout the year. There are numerous airlines. Located in the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica has easy access to the farthest ends of the world, thanks to its ports in both oceans, which have modern equipment according to international requirements, as is the case of Puerto Moín and Puerto Limón in the Atlantic and Caldera in the Pacific.

COMMUNICATIONS
It is connected by satellite with the other countries of Central America, the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America.Costa Rica has an efficient mail system and courier services.

GOVERNMENT
The political Constitution of 1949 guarantees equality before the law, freedom of expression, of meeting, of the press and of organizing.It also guarantees these rights, not only for Costa Rican citizens, but also for foreigners living in Costa Rica, keeping the right to vote for nationals.