GMAP Today: Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Japan

Pura vida! Literally, this means pure life and is a greeting used by Costa Ricans or as people  in the region call them, ticos. Today is Costa Rica’s Independence Day. Actually, it is also one for El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Costa Rica belonged to the Captaincy General of Guatemala, to which many present-day Mexican states and most of the Central American countries belonged. Protests against Spain broke out in Guatemala City and they declared independence on September 15, 1821. Since Costa Rica was the southernmost province, it found out about its independence on October 13th.

Did you know that  Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army? They did it in 1948 and unlike its neighbors, never had to deal with a civil war since. Maybe that’s why the education level there is considered higher than its neighbors. It has a literacy rate of 95% (higher than the US?). Maybe that, location, solid infrastructure (power grid, sophisticated telecommunications system, 2 seaports and 2 international airports) and stable politics led Intel to locate some of their facilities there. It is said Intel also looked at Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Spend money on education and not on arms? Sounds good to me. I’ve also heard they have good coffee there.

Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Japan                                                             Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in Japan                                                            Embassy of the Republic of Honduras in Japan                                                             Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador in Japan                                                           Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in Japan                                                             Embassy of Belize in Japan (Belize was also part of the Captaincy General of Guatemala )

See a pattern?

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