Is Costa Rica a Country?

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Costa Rica is a country. Costs Rica has been independent from Spain's control since 1821. The country of Costa Rica has a president as its leader, and it consists of seven different provinces.

The CIA describes Costa Rica's government as a democratic republic. The country is found in Central America and is bordered by two other countries: Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. Costa Rica is not quite as large as the state of West Virginia, having a land area of close to 20,000 square miles. The country's population is greater than 4.7 million people as of 2014. The capital and largest city is San Jose, which is located in the center of the country.