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Constitutional Background

With a population dominated by a strong Catholic majority (95%), Catholicism is the state religion in Costa Rica.

History and News

  • 1994: Jose Marma Figueres becomes President
  • 1987: President Arias receives the Nobel Prize for Peace.
  • 1949: New Constitution and proscription of the army.
  • 1856: The military filibuster William Walker is defeated.
  • 1821: Costa Rica becomes an independent state.
  • 1502: "Discovery" by Columbus.

For methodology see: Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law.
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