Costa Rica

República de Costa Rica
  • J. Scott Keltie
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Republic of Costa Rica, an independent State since the year 1821, and forming part from 1824 to 1829 of the Confederation of Central America, is governed under a Constitution promulgated on December 7, 1871, and modified very frequently since that date. Practically there was no constitution, but only dictatorships, between 1870 and 1882. The legislative power is vested in a Chamber of Representatives called the Constitutional Congress, and made up of 43 deputies, being one representative to every 8,000 inhabitants chosen in electoral assemblies, the members of which are returned by the suffrage of all who are able to support themselves. The members of the Chamber are elected for the term of four years, one-half retiring every two years. The executive authority is in the hands of a president, elected, in the same manner as the Congress, for the term of four years. A Standing Committee of 5 deputies represents Congress during its recess and advises the President on all matters which would ordinarily come before the Chamber.


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Statistical and other Books of Reference Concerning Costa Rica

1. Official Publications

  1. The publications of the Departments of Finance and Commerce, of the Interior, of War and Marine, of Industry, of Education, the Census Office.Google Scholar
  2. Auuario de 1908. San José, 1909.Google Scholar

2. Non-Official Publications

  1. Barrantes, (F. Montero), Elementos de Historia de Costa Rica. San José. 1892.Google Scholar
  2. Belly (Félix), A travers l’Amérique centrale. 2 vols. Paris, 1872.Google Scholar
  3. Biolley (Paul), Costa Rica and her Future. Washington, 1889.Google Scholar
  4. Boyle (Frederick), Ride across a Continent: a Personal Narrative of Wanderings through Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 2 vols. London, 1868.Google Scholar
  5. Caceres (J. M.), Geografia de Centro-America. Paris, 1882.Google Scholar
  6. Calvo (J. B.), The Republic of Costa Rica. Chicago, 1890.Google Scholar
  7. Camphuis (G. W.), Costa Rica: The Country for Emigrants. London.Google Scholar
  8. Fernandez (L.) Historia de Costa Rica, 1502—1821. Madrid. 1859.Google Scholar
  9. Fröbel (Julius), Aus Amerika. 2 vols. Leipzig, 1857–58.Google Scholar
  10. Keane (A. H.), Central and South America. 2nd ed. [In Stanford’s Compendium.] London, 1909.Google Scholar
  11. Marr (N.), Reise nach Centralamerika. 2 vols. Hamburg, 1863.Google Scholar
  12. Morelot (L.), Voyage dans l’Amérique centrale. 2 vols. Paris, 1859.Google Scholar
  13. Peralta (Manuel M.), Costa Rica: its Climate, Constitution, and Resources. With a survey of its present financial position. London, 1873.Google Scholar
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