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Use the tabs below to find online resources about Costa Rica from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.


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BBC News Profile - Costa Rica
A guide to the history, politics, and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Costa Rica
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and Costa Rica
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Costa Rica
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division. 

IAEA - Costa Rica
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Costa Rica
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

IMF - Costa Rica
Country information, reports, and publications from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

ITC - Costa Rica
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

OHCHR - Costa Rica

Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events, and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - Costa Rica
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Costa Rica
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata Country Profile - Costa Rica
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Costa Rica
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.


U.S. Department of Energy - Costa Rica
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.

U.S. Department of State Background Note - Costa Rica
Provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.

Asamblea Legislativa (in Spanish only)

Banco Central de Costa Rica (in Spanish only)
Central Bank of Costa Rica

Biblioteca Nacional (in Spanish only)
National Library

Instituto National de Estadistica y Censos (in Spanish only)
National Institute of Statistics and Censuses

Ministerio de Ambiente, Energia y Telecomunicaciones (in Spanish only)
Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications

Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Comercio (in Spanish only)
Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade

Ministerio de Relationes Exteriores (in Spanish only)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Poder Judicial (in Spanish only)

Presidencia de la Republica (in Spanish only)

Find Articles & More Databases

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Costa Rica" as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates, since 1946.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares brief reports on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Costa Rica" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS) CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Costa Rica.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database. Many of these citations include access to the electronic full text.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Costa Rica" as the search term.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces, and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - Costa Rica
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

PAHO/WHO Databases
Regional Core Health Data Initiative Table Generator System from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO). Provides national health statistics and other data on the health situation in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South American countries.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations system.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Costa Rica
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports, and balance) with Costa Rica.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Costa Rica in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in San Jose, Costa Rica
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Costa Rica.

EU's Relations with Costa Rica
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Costa Rica.

G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Costa Rica), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.

Inter-American Development Bank and Costa Rica
Strategy, projects,and news about Costa Rica and the IDB.

Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the Organization of American States (OAS)
"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."

Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations
Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Costa Rica
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Costa Rica from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Latin America and the Caribbean
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Costa Rica
Economic, social, and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

U.S. Department of State - Costa Rica
U.S.-Costa Rican relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.

World Bank - Costa Rica
World Bank data, projects, and research in Costa Rica.

World Trade Organization - Costa Rica
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.

Official site of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO).   

UNAIDS - Costa Rica
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

WHO - Costa Rica
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Costa Rica from the World Health Organization (WHO).

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies."

U.S. Department of State: Costa Rica - Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Costa Rica.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
costa rica and econom* costa rica and econom*
costa rica and histor* costa rica and histor*
costa rica and politic* costa rica and politic*
costa rica
(government publications only)
costa rica
(government publications only)

The * replaces up to five characters in a word.


For additional foreign information, arranged by subject, see the Subject Page.