Mar 07 2019

Costa Rica: One of the World’s Happiest Countries

Costa Rica has recently received more acknowledgement for what it’s doing right, this time from the World Economic Forum, in it’s January 31, 2019 article, “Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Here’s what it does differently.” In the article, Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, is quoted as saying, “Seventy years ago, Costa Rica did away with the army. This allows for many things. Eight percent of our GDP is invested in education because we don’t have to spend on the army. So our strength is human talent, human wellbeing.” Note that the world average expenditure on education is 4.8%.

The article also mentioned the country’s commitment to protect its natural resources and that Costa Rica generates more than 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, with the vast majority from hydroelectric dams. President Alvarado stated, “Many people say that to protect the environment goes against the economy. Whereas it’s the complete contrary. Our tourism has grown precisely because of this.”

Costa Rica’s high marks in the Happy Planet Index, as well as in a recent Gallup poll. “Professor Mariano Rojas, a Costa Rican economist at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, attributes Costa Ricans’ high wellbeing to a culture of forming solid social networks of friends, families and neighbourhoods.

The reason Costa Rica tops the HPI time and again, however, is that it delivers all this while using a quarter of the resources typically used in the Western world.”

While Costa Rica is not the perfect paradise that some imagine it to be, it gets a lot right. And that leads to the well-being of its people, expat immigrants included. Take a look at the entire World Economic Forum article at the link below to learn even more reasons Costa Rica consistently ranks as one of the world’s happiest countries.

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