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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Costa Rica

Ethnicity

Nearly all of Costa Rica's population is either wholly European or "mestizo," which is a combination of ethnic Europeans (generally Spanish) and American Indians. The country is much more heavily European than any other Central American country in terms of ethnicity. The rest of the people, only about 5% of the population, are ethnically African, wholly American Indian, or another ethnicity.

Language

The only official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, and nearly the entire population speaks this language natively. Spanish is a Romance language also spoken in Spain; it is closely related to other Romance languages, including Portuguese, Italian, French, Romanian, others. The dialect of Spanish in Nicaragua is quite distinct in comparison to that of Spain and there are also many minor differences in the language across Latin America.

English is growing in popularity as a second language in Costa Rica, especially as the tourist industry grows and demands more English speakers for the primarily English-speaking North American tourists.

Religion

Over three quarters of Costa Rica's population is Roman Catholic. Evangelicalism is followed by about 15% of the population and Jehovah's Witnesses make up a relatively large percentage at nearly 1.5%.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014