A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Costa Rica, in Latin America, is an agriculturally and ecologically rich land that straddles the Central American isthmus. A long history of a stable, multiparty democratic government has helped to have a stabilizing influence in the conflicts of surrounding lands. While dependent on agriculture, there is a recent growth in the tech sector and tourism (especially eco-tourism). Inflation and the deficit are very high, and 20% still live in deep poverty.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population exceeds 4.5 million. The official language is Spanish. English and Mekitelyu are spoken on the Caribbean coast. ~93.9% are Spanish speaking, ~1.1% are Amerindian, ~5% are Other (Jamaican/Creole and Chinese). There are 500,00-70,000 Nicaraguan refugees and migrant labourers.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Roman Catholicism is the official state religion. While all limitations to other religions are illegal, in practice other religions are not yet equal before the law.
~93.94% claim Christianity, ~4.17% Non-religious, ~0.8%
Ethnoreligionist, ~0.53% Chinese, ~0.28% Baha’i, ~0.13% Other, ~0.1%
Buddhist, ~0.05% Jewish.
Of those in the Christian category:
~73.28 are Catholic, ~12.49% Protestant, ~4.62% Independent, ~3.73%
Unaffiliated, ~0.02% Anglican.
Evangelicals represent ~14.8% of the population.
Charismatics are ~22% and ~9.6% of those are Pentecostals.
Other groups originating in Western society represent ~2.44% of the
population. Donna Siemens
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.