What sets Costa Rica apart from many other countries is its decision to dissolve its army and invest instead in education.
In 2009, according to the 'Happy Planet Index', Costa Rican society was considered to be the happiest on earth. The huge middle-class society is a tribute to the strong democratic system that promotes equal opportunity. What sets Costa Rica apart from many other countries is its decision to dissolve its army and invest instead in education. Increasing the level of education created a more stable society, boosting the economy, reducing conflicts, improving health care and life expectancy. Costa Rican people are considered to be very well-educated, with a literacy rate of 93%.
One of the prides of Costa Rican society is that they are a mostly classless society. Whilst of course there are societal differences, it is considered to be a democratic republic, the home of friendly and laidback Costa Rican people. It is probably the least ethnically diverse country in Central America, as the vast majority of people are from Latin Origins.
When it comes to holidays in Costa Rica they celebrate much like their neighboring countries. As the dominant faith is Catholicism, there is heavy influence on Easter, Christmas and Patron Saints days, all of which are generally celebrated in big family groups.
In general, Costa Rican society is conservative, but welcoming, with an incredibly laidback and cheerful atmosphere.