Electronics, food processing, apparel,
medical devices, construction materials, plastic products.
$6.3 billion total: Industrial raw
materials, petroleum, industrial capital goods, durable consumer
goods, chemicals, etc.
Total goods: $6.6 billion: electronic components, textiles,
bananas, coffee, pineapples, telephone equipment, medicines, fish
and seafood, etc.
Major revenue generator in 2002: Tourism, with
US$ 1052 million. Tourist arrivals in 2002: 1,127,462
• Full member of the WTO. • Costa Rican products enter the
United States free of duties under the CBI. • Free Trade
Agreement with Mexico. • Full member of the Central American
Common Market. • Active involvement in the implementation of the
Free Trade Area of the Americas.
• 2002 unemployment rate: 6.0% • 2002 underemployment rate:
7.8% • Total 2002 labor force: 1,300 thousands •
Economically active population (2002): 40.5% • Percentage of
Total Employed Population by Sex (2001): Men: 69.2%, Women: 30.8%
Employment by Sectors
Industry and construction:
Commerce and transport:
Agriculture and mining:
Costa Rica is among the top 30 leading
exporters of high-tech products (Human Development Report, 2001).
The UNCTAD in its 2002 World Investment
Report classified Costa Rica as one of the six most successful countries
in the attraction of the FDI. Also in the E-commerce and Development
Report 2002, states that Costa Rica can potentially enhance export
competitiveness and produce high value-added services that gives a major
boost to the local economy. At the same time, the growth of the domestic
IT industry has led more and more firms to use ICT in their business
activities, enabling them to move rapidly into e-commerce, e-banking and
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit,
San José is the city with the best quality of life in Latin America, The
study also highlights Costa Rica as the country with the longest
uninterrupted democracy government.
In a context of sustainable
development Costa Rica is ranked 9th out of 142 countries in the
Environmental Sustainability Index (World Economic Forum,
EXPORTS: Electronic components,
textiles, bananas, coffee, medical devices, pineapples, foliage and
ornamentals, fish and seafood, processed foods.
LIVING INDICATORS Life expectancy: 76.1
years Literacy rate:
95.5% Educational Institutions: 6147
primary and secondary schools and 50 universities Education expenditures:5% of GDP
(2002). Youth literacy:
98.3% Population served with piped
water: 99% Public health services
coverage: 90.4% of population Health
expenditures: 27.8% of government budget Access to telephone service:92% of population According to the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI) for
2002, Costa Rica has one of the highest ratings among developing