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5 Great Local Meals in Puntarenas, Costa Rica  Forbes

Puntarenas is Costa Rica's largest province, which spans Manuel Antonio National Park along the Pacific Coast in the north and the southern tip that touches ...

How To Trek 10 Waterfalls Through Costa Rica's Las Monas Rainforest  Forbes

Where to find outdoor zen time with friends in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Continues With The Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region  Q Costa Rica News

Costa Rica continues with the highest gasoline prices in the region. Price per U.S. gallon of regular gasoline in Costa Rica is US$3.48, Nicaragua US$3.28, ...

Q Costa Rica News
Nevada Woman is 6th to Accuse Former Costa Rican President of Sexual Misconduct  Voice of America

The director of an international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican ...

Voice of America
Off-Roading With 4X4 ATV's From Pocares To Parrita, Costa Rica  Forbes

You can book thrilling adventure experiences through Airbnb when visiting Costa Rica.

Costa Rica reaches an agreement with Mexico on avocado  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

How to get Your Drivers License and RTV in Costa Rica  The Costa Rica Star

Validation of a Foreign Driver's License in Costa Rica. Those foreigners staying in the country for more than 3 months and wanting to drive a car are required by ...

The Costa Rica Star
The Push to Make Costa Rica Bilingual  The Costa Rican Times

The Push to Make Costa Rica Bilingual.

The Costa Rican Times
Government of Costa Rica Invests over $3.7 Million in Sports Organizations  The Costa Rica Star

The National Sports Council will invest $3,736,890 USD of its budget to give funds to 60 sports federations, associations and the National Olympic Committee ...

The Costa Rica Star
Costa Rican authorities arrest 10 suspected of drug trafficking, announce Colombian partnership  The Tico Times

Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Public Security Ministry (MSP) detained 10 people with suspected ties to international drug trafficking, ...

The Tico Times
Foreigners Detained at Costa Rica International Airport Carrying Spiders, Ants and a Scorpion  The Costa Rica Star

Foreigners Detained at Costa Rica International Airport Carrying Spiders, Ants and a Scorpion. Two foreigners were detained at the Juan Santamaria ...

The Costa Rica Star
Costa Rica And Mexico, A Long History of Fraternal Relations  The Costa Rica News

The Republic of Costa Rica and the United States of Mexico enjoy diplomatic relations since 1838, before this Costa Rica briefly belonged to the First Mexican ...

The Costa Rica News
IBM Will Expand Operations Center in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star  The Costa Rica Star

IBM will expand its Global Security *Service* Center in Costa Rica making it the biggest in Latin America. With an investment of $21 million, IBM will expand its ...

The Costa Rica Star
UAE expresses interest in Costa Rica infra projects  Business News Americas

Costa Rican infrastructure projects are attracting the interest of the government and the private sector of the United Arab Emirates. During a .

Business News Americas
Ex-Miss Costa Rica is latest to accuse Arias of sexual abuse  Washington Post

A former Miss Costa Rica has become the latest woman to accuse Oscar Arias, an ex-president and Nobel Peace laureate, of sexual misconduct.

Washington Post
Marriott Hotels in Costa Rica Present Their New Rooms Inspired in Local Nature  Hospitality Net

Marriott hotels in Costa Rica will start 2019 with newly renovated rooms providing guests a new experience of luxury and modernity, with designs created to ...

Hospitality Net
Poás Volcano Is Open  Q Costa Rica News

The Poás Volcano National Park reopened its doors on Wednesday after the National Commission of Emergencies (CNE) lifted the recommendation to keep it ...

Q Costa Rica News
Throwback Thursday: Making cocktails with Cacique – The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate  The Tico Times

In this Throwback Thursday we revisit one of our classic videos on how to make cocktails with Costa Rica's classic spirit: Cacique. Join Liz Furlong as she ...

The Tico Times
IBM Announces US$21 Million Investment in IT Service Center Expansion  Q Costa Rica News

IBM announced that it will invest US$21 million in expanding the operations of its Security Services Center in Costa Rica, which includes the extension of ...

Q Costa Rica News
Champion Awards President and CEO Mike Bowen killed in Costa Rica car crash  WMC

According to multiple reports, CEO and President of Champion Awards and Apparel Mike Bowen was tragically killed in an accident Saturday in Costa Rica.

Mexico agrees to resolve the avocado dispute with Costa Rica outside the WTO  FreshPlaza.com

FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the *fresh* produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatching, and photo reports.

Óscar Arias, former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, accused of sexual offenses  CNN

Óscar Arias, former Costa Rican president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct by two women.

What Are the Mysterious and Enormous Stone Spheres Found in Costa Rica?  The Costa Rica News

The presence in Costa Rica of these -often huge- spherical stones are well known and we have spoken of it extensively in other articles, but remain shrouded in ...

The Costa Rica News
Memphis T-shirt company CEO killed in Costa Rica car crash  WSMV Nashville

News outlets report that according to representatives of his company, Memphis businessman 61-year-old Mike Bowen died Saturday.

WSMV Nashville
Costa Rica to become world's first carbon neutral country  gulfnews.com

Dubai: Costa Rica is all set to become a model for global sustainability as it aims to become the world's first carbon neutral country by 2021, with an estimated 98 ...

From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years  Chicago Daily Herald

SANTA TERESA DE CAJON, Costa Rica — At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica's tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the ...

Chicago Daily Herald
Manitoba premier tweets photos of Winnipeg snow while vacationing in Costa Rica  CTV News

WINNIPEG -- Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister appeared to marvel on social media in recent days at Winnipeg's wintry weather, but in reality he was at his ...

CTV News
Costa Rica Wins World Cheerleading Championship in College Category  The Costa Rica News

The Santa Inés School was proclaimed champion in the college category in a world cheerleading event that took place this weekend in Orlando, Florida.

The Costa Rica News
Revival Training Initiative Sweeps Over the Church in Costa Rica  Adventist Review

Dozens of Seventh-day Adventist pastors from throughout the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory recently joined local ministers across Costa Rica to preach ...

Adventist Review
OLX downsizes Argentina, Panama and Costa Rica offices  AIM Group

OLX Group laid off 50 workers at its Buenos Aires headquarters, out of a workforce of 320 people, a media report by Cronista (Spanish) said. The company also ...

AIM Group
Fast Food Restaurants Arrive to Limon, Costa Rica  The Costa Rica Star

McDonald's was the first fast food restaurant to arrive to the province of Limon at the beginning of this 2019, and now it is KFC that plans to open a restaurant in ...

The Costa Rica Star
Costa Rica - One of the World´s 20 Full Democracies  The Costa Rica Star

According to the eleventh edition of The Economist´s Democracy Index, Costa Rica is one of the world´s full democracies. ¨The EIU Democracy Index provides a ...

The Costa Rica Star
The Return of Costa Rica  Surfline.com Surf News

For decades, Costa Rica was almost everyone's first international surf trip. It's far but not too far, cheap but not dangerous. There's all kinds of different waves, ...

Surfline.com Surf News
The Best Costa Rica Travel Tips From Our Readers  Lifehacker

This week we collectively hacked Costa Rica, not just one city but the whole beautiful democratic Central American nation. We learned about when to go, where ...

Agroecology in Costa Rica  Sierra Nevada College News

A new group of students traveled to Costa Rica in January to continue research into sustainable agriculture and tropical ecology.

Sierra Nevada College News
Costa Rica ratifies treaty for enhancing free flow of maritime trade  Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Costa Rica is the latest country to ratify the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention). The IMO treaty enhances.

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
Portland Timbers head to Costa Rica to continue preseason training  OregonLive

The Portland Timbers flew to Costa Rica Wednesday to continue preseason training. The Timbers are training in Costa Rica during preseason for the first time ...

Costa Rica Among the 5 Easiest, Most Welcoming Retirement Havens in the World  The Costa Rica Star

Costa Rica was included among the 5 Easiest, Most Welcoming Retirement Havens in the World by International Living Magazine. “A new report from ...

The Costa Rica Star
The Little Theater Group Presents the February 2019 Costa Rica National Tour  The Costa Rica Star

If you enjoy the theater, The Little Theater Group has several presentations this month as part of the February 2019 Costa Ria National Tour. The theatrical group ...

The Costa Rica Star
MMC in Costa Rica: January Travel Course (Photos)  Marymount Manhattan College News

Twelve MMC students spent their January session with Dr. Andreas Hernandez on a 14-day travel course studying eco-tourism and sustainability in the heart of ...

Marymount Manhattan College News
Costa Rica's Meteorological Institute Warns Winds Could Reach Over 74 MPH on January 21  The Costa Rica Star

The Costa Rica National Meteorological Institute (IMN) warned of strong winds that will be present throughout the weekend and that could reach 120 /km/h (74.6 ...

The Costa Rica Star
Manatees Are in Danger of Extinction in Costa Rica  The Costa Rica News

The Antillean manatee was declared as a symbol of Costa Rica in terms of fauna since the animal was in danger of extinction. In this way, we wanted to get the ...

The Costa Rica News
Costa Rican Tourism Board Will Use New Indicator for Tourism Data  The Costa Rica Star

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) is in the process of designing a new indicator to measure the arrival of tourists to the country. For this, ICT signed a ...

The Costa Rica Star
Strong Wind: Green Alert Declared for Costa Rica's Central Valley  The Costa Rica Star

A high pressure system over the Caribbean ocean causes the acceleration of wind in the region. Due to the moderate intensity of this windy pattern, the National ...

The Costa Rica Star
Four Nicaraguan police officers killed near the border with Costa Rica  The Tico Times

Nicaraguan police said four of the country's police officers were killed near the border with Costa Rica on Thursday at 4 p.m.. Nicaraguan officials claim that the ...

The Tico Times
Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Find out why  ThePrint

Costa Rica tops the Happy Planet Index, but only uses a quarter of the resources typically used in the Western world.

Pope Francis: Costa Rica has ‘the world’s best coffee’  The Tico Times

Costa Rica's claim to the world's best coffee has a notable cosigner: The Pope. Pope Francis greeted Carlos Alvarado on Saturday by saying the Costa Rican ...

The Tico Times
Drake in Osa Costa Rica Inaugurated its Remodeled Airport  The Costa Rica Star

Civil Aviation in Costa Rica invested almost $5.7 million USD in the intervention of the Drake airport in Osa, Puntarenas, the updates were inaugurated by ...

The Costa Rica Star
Five Things to Know About Costa Rica  U.S. Soccer

After opening a new era under head coach Gregg Berhalter with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Panama, the MNT ends its month-long January Camp when it ...

U.S. Soccer
Government of Costa Rica to Legalize Uber  The Costa Rica Star

Tuesday January 22nd The Costa Rican Government presented a law project to Congress that would legalize Uber and similar platforms allowing them to ...

The Costa Rica Star
US Universities Are Interested in Young Costa Rican Basketball Players  The Costa Rica News

The Costa Rican basketball player Ian Martínez Carrillo has already aroused the interest of several universities in the United States, in order to join their ranks as ...

The Costa Rica News
Investment in Costa Rica's in Vitro Fertilization Center  The Costa Rican Times

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) has invested $2.3 million into a new in vitro fertilization center known as the High Complexity Reproductive ...

The Costa Rican Times
Public Security head decries failure to enact stricter gun control in Costa Rica  The Tico Times

Minister of Public Security Michael Soto decried Costa Rica's failure to enact stricter gun-control legislation this week, arguing that the inaction would prevent ...

The Tico Times
MNT Closes January Camp Against Concacaf Foe Costa Rica | Feb. 2 | 3:30 pm ET | FOX, UniMás, UDN  U.S. Soccer

The U.S. MNT looks for its second win under head coach Gregg Berhalter as it closes January Camp against Costa Rica on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium ...

U.S. Soccer
Mario José Echandi Jiménez: A Very Notable Costa Rican Statesman  The Costa Rica News

His story… Mario José Echandi Jiménez was born on June 17th, 1915, in San José, Costa Rica. A lawyer and politician, he was the son of Alberto Echandi ...

The Costa Rica News
USA vs. Costa Rica, 2019 friendly: 5 Things to Know About Costa Rica  Stars and Stripes FC

Get to know a Costa Rican side missing many regulars.

Stars and Stripes FC
Waylon Francis called in to Costa Rica national team  Sounder At Heart

Waylon Francis' status with the Seattle Sounders doesn't quite seem settled, but his reputation is apparently still good enough that he's getting called in to the ...

Sounder At Heart
Alliance Seeks the Ecological Restoration of Cocos Island  Island Conservation News

International partnership between the Ministry of the Environment, Forever Costa Rica Association, and Island Conservation aims to restore Cocos Island.

Island Conservation News
Here’s how to plan and pay for a jungle-themed getaway to Costa Rica using credit card rewards  Business Insider

A Costa Rica vacation is also a lot more affordable than people realize, especially if you have credit card rewards to pay for your flights and hotels.

Business Insider
Unemployment in Costa Rica Spiked in Last Months of 2018  The Costa Rica Star

According to the Continues Employment Survey recently published by the National Institute of Census and Statistics (Spanish acronym: INEC), the unemployed ...

The Costa Rica Star
What’s going on at Crucitas?  The Tico Times

Óscar Arias, Costa Rica's former two-term president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was accused Monday of sexual assault. But the internationally recognized ...

The Tico Times
Family of Fla. Woman Murdered in Costa Rica 'Worried' About Investigation  NBC 6 South Florida

It has been a month and a half since Florida woman Carla Stefaniak was murdered in Costa Rica, and the family of the Venezuelan-American and her lawyers in ...

NBC 6 South Florida
Cruz reflects on USMNT-Costa Rica Appearance  FC Cincinnati

BRADENTON, Fla. — Allan Cruz rejoined FC Cincinnati on Monday after playing 90 minutes for the Costa Rican National Team in a 2-0 loss to the United States ...

FC Cincinnati
Costa Rica’s ‘invaluable’ 280-kilometer, sea-to-sea, 16-day hike  The Tico Times

While spending more than two weeks hikingCamino de Costa Rica, a 280-kilometer trail from Costa Rica's Atlantic to Pacific coasts, the country's natural beauty ...

The Tico Times
‘Clerical error’ allows for same-sex couple to be wed in Costa Rica  The Tico Times

The Costa Rican prosecutor's office on Tuesday refused to indict a lesbian couple who took advantage of a clerical error and were married in 2015, the court ...

The Tico Times
Costa Rica reduces fiscal deficit more than anticipated  The Tico Times

Costa Rica closed 2018 with a fiscal deficit of 6 percent of its GDP, below the 7.2 percent that had been projected by the Central Bank, President Carlos ...

The Tico Times
Ex-Costa Rica leader accused of sex abuse  Western Advocate

Two more women have claimed that they suffered sexual abuse by former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who already faces one accusation of sexual ...

Western Advocate
Nicaraguan journalist flees to Costa Rica after police raid newsroom  The Guardian

Nicaragua's best-known journalist has gone into exile after armed police raided and ransacked his newsroom in what experts called the latest chapter of the ...

The Guardian
Costa Rica proposes law to legalize (and tax) ride-hailing app Uber  The Tico Times

Uber's questionable legal standing in Costa Rica may soon reach a resolution. The country's Executive Branch on Tuesday proposed a law that will allow “taxi ...

The Tico Times
Youth travelers raising money for summer Costa Rica trip  TheReporter.Com

Not everyone gets to experience going to a foreign country before high school. Sarah Stetson is making sure eight students have that experience.

Reporter's notebook: 'Pura vida' at Vuelta a Costa Rica  VeloNews

An American cycling journalist spends two weeks covering the Central American bike race that ended on Christmas Day. Contributor Rebecca Reza recently ...

Former President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault  The Daily Beast

Óscar Arias Sánchez, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of Costa Rica, has been accused of sexually assaulting a psychiatrist and antinuclear ...

The Daily Beast
A treehouse-style resort nestled in the Costa Rica rainforest is the world's best hotel for 2019. Here's what it's like to stay there.  INSIDER

Costa Rican resort Tulemar is home to a variety of lavish bungalows, villas, dining options, and a private beach.

Washington Declares Sanitary Emergency for Measles, in Costa Rica Vaccination Campaign Continues  The Costa Rica Star

The governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, declared sanitary emergency state due to a measles outbreak that has affected some 30 people since the beginning of ...

The Costa Rica Star
It’s official: Costa Rica sets world record for recycling  The Tico Times

Guinness World Records now lists ecolones in Costa Rica as the record-holder for “most plastic bottles recycled in eight hours.” According to Guinness, a ...

The Tico Times
Three Volcanoes in Costa Rica Continue Presenting Important Activity This January  The Costa Rica Star

Photo: Archive Poás, Turrialba, and the Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes in Alajuela, Cartago and Guanacaste respectively, continue this 2019 with important ...

The Costa Rica Star
Costa Rica soccer announces squad to face United States  The Tico Times

Costa Rica's new men's national soccer team manager, Gustavo Matosas, summoned a revamped lineup without most of its best-known figures to face the ...

The Tico Times
Pic of the Day: From coast-to-coast in Costa Rica  The Tico Times

Camino de Costa Ricais a 280-kilometer trek from Costa Rica's Atlantic to Pacific coasts. The journey includes visiting a community that's only reachable by boat.

The Tico Times
Vatican, Costa Rica, France: #MeToo And The Sound Of Broken Silence  Worldcrunch

Analysis- The #MeToo movement was, above all, a collective “breaking of the silence” that shifted the longstanding balance of power on the question of sexual ...

Nicaraguan resistance group speaks out, refutes Nicaragua pointing finger at Costa Rica for attacks  The Tico Times

Four policemen dead. A bombing at a town hall. Nicaragua has blamed Costa Rica for a recent escalation in the country's ongoing conflict. Unrest in Nicaragua ...

The Tico Times
Embracing Local Life in Welcoming Sámara, Costa Rica - IL  International Living

And if you enjoy meeting new people, you don't need to look further than the friendly bars and restaurants on Sámara's main street...

International Living
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister takes a 'snow day' in Costa Rica  National Observer

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister appeared to marvel on social media in recent days at Winnipeg's wintry weather, but in reality he was at his vacation home in ...

National Observer
An Active Community in Cool San Ramón, Costa Rica  International Living

The town of San Ramón is a perfect little grid, its church spires towering above the surrounding buildings. It has many of the amenities...

International Living
Essential Air: Costa Rican Company Exports Pure Clean Compressed Air  The Costa Rica Star

Nine out of ten people in the world breath air with contamination levels that are higher than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), being ...

The Costa Rica Star
McDonald's Opened its First Restaurant in the Province of Limon, Costa Rica  The Costa Rica Star

With an investment of $1.5 million USD, McDonald's opened its first restaurant in the center of Limón, motivated by the opening of the Moín Container Terminal, ...

The Costa Rica Star
Costa Rica: The destination for adrenaline junkies | Laval News  The Suburban Newspaper

Costa Rica is a Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific, making it an idyllic locale. And, given its incredible biodiversity, you can ...

The Suburban Newspaper
Experience Surfing and Wildlife With the Family in Costa Rica  TravelPulse

As far as surfing destinations go, you'd be hard pressed to beat Costa Rica. With 1200 kilometers of coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, ...

Tico Times #TBT: Pan Am ceases flights to Costa Rica  The Tico Times

Pan American World Airways, once one of the most recognized names in the sky, made Costa Rica one of its first international destinations. A Pan Am route map ...

The Tico Times
U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica reopens following ‘security situation’ in Pavas [Updated]  The Tico Times

This story was updated at 12:35 p.m. following the Embassy's reopening. The United States Embassy briefly suspended normal operations Wednesday morning ...

The Tico Times
UNR's Carina Black comes forward with 1998 assault allegations against Nobel Prize winner  Reno Gazette Journal

Director of the International Center of Northern Nevada makes statement about Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica who has been accused of sexual ...

Reno Gazette Journal
HIGHLIGHTS: US Men's National Team vs. Costa Rica | February 2, 2019  MLSsoccer.com

Gregg Berhalter hopes to make it two wins in two games as the US National Team closes out their winter camp with a game against Costa Rica at Avaya ...

Costa Rica native Jessica Call calls Rawlins home  Rawlinstimes

RAWLINS – The process of becoming a citizen is arduous and time consuming, but Jessica Call, a native of Costa Rica, surmounted this challenge to become ...

Manufacturing Plant in Costa Rica Earns Prestigious LEED® Silver Certification  The Costa Rica Star

The CooperVision contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica has been awarded prestigious LEED® Silver certification for its ...

The Costa Rica Star
SWE Affiliate Activities in Costa Rica  Society of Women Engineers

Global Ambassador, Blanca Rosa Navarro Piedra, shares 2018 activities for the San Jose SWE affiliate in Costa Rica, and goals for 2019.

Society of Women Engineers
Portland Timbers to travel to Costa Rica, Tucson for 2019 preseason training camp  OregonLive

The Portland Timbers are changing things up for preseason this year. Along with spending time in Portland and traveling to Tucson, Arizona for preseason camp ...


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Costa Rica ( (listen); Spanish: [ˈkosta ˈrika]; literally "Rich Coast"), officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers (19,714 square miles). An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.The sovereign state of Costa Rica is a unitary presidential constitutional republic. It's known for its long-standing and stable democracy, and for its highly educated workforce, most of whom speak English. The country spends roughly 6.9% of its budget (2016) on education, compared to a global average of 4.4%. Its economy, once heavily dependent on agriculture, has diversified to include sectors such as finance, corporate services for foreign companies, pharmaceuticals, and ecotourism. Many foreign manufacturing and services companies operate in Costa Rica's Free Trade Zones (FTZ) where they benefit from investment and tax incentives.Costa Rica was facing a market liquidity crisis in 2017 due to a growing debt and budget deficit. By August 2017, the Treasury was having difficulty paying its obligations. Other challenges facing the country in its attempts to improve the economy by increasing foreign investment include a poor infrastructure and a need to improve public sector efficiency.Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous peoples before coming under Spanish rule in the 16th century. It remained a peripheral colony of the empire until independence as part of the First Mexican Empire, followed by membership in the United Provinces of Central America, from which it formally declared independence in 1847. Since then, Costa Rica has remained among the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. Following the brief Costa Rican Civil War, it permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming one of only a few sovereign nations without a standing army.The country has consistently performed favorably in the Human Development Index (HDI), placing 69th in the world as of 2015, among the highest of any Latin American nation. It has also been cited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as having attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels, with a better record on human development and inequality than the median of the region.Costa Rica also has progressive environmental policies. It is the only country to meet all five UNDP criteria established to measure environmental sustainability. It was ranked 42nd in the world, and third in the Americas, in the 2016 Environmental Performance Index, and was twice ranked the best performing country in the New Economics Foundation's (NEF) Happy Planet Index, which measures environmental sustainability, and was identified by the NEF as the greenest country in the world in 2009. Costa Rica plans to become a carbon-neutral country by 2021. By 2016, 98.1% of its electricity was generated from green sources particularly hydro, solar, geothermal and biomass.