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The place, the people, the opportunities: Invest in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a strategic destination for multinational companies operating in sectors such as services, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and light manufacturing. To date, more than 250 leading global companies have selected our country as a place to expand their operations. Costa Rica became the preferred location in Latin America for leading high-tech industry companies seeking to install new investment projects. Many of the most renowned international companies have trustedour country to serve internal and external customers from this strategic location. The country's geographical location and trade agreements negotiated in recent years allow access to 2.5 billion people and 66% of global GDP.

Skilled labor: The country has an exceptionally talented, bilingual,young workforce in constant training. On average, 95% of employees of multinational companies are local. This human capital ranked Costa Rica as number one in Latin America in the Human Capital Index developed by the World Economic Forum in 2013. The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, also by the World Economic Forum, ranks this country as number one in Latin America.

Strategic location: Costa Rica is just a few hours from the main capitals of the Americas, with connections to over 35 cities worldwide. Sea shipping costs from Costa Rica are very competitive. The country has become one of the most important nearshore locations for both American and European companies. Located in the center of the Americas, Costa Rica has easy access to and from any city in the United States.

In early 2014, the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela recorded 123 daily flights. In addition, the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia recorded daily 24 flights.Costa Rica is in the standard time zone (GMT -6) which places it in the same time zone of the United States.

Excellent business climate: Based on a renowned democratic tradition of over 120 years and economic and political stability, Costa Rica has one of the highest GDP per capita in Latin America. Moreover, poverty has decreased by 46% over the last 25 years. It is the safest country in Latin America according to Latin Business Chronicle 2013, not to mention it was the happiest nation in the world for two years. Additionally, it provides a solid infrastructure, 93% of electricity comes from renewable sources, and there is an excellent and redundant access to telecommunications.

Reasons to Do Business in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a focused country, full of a unique and exclusive value arising mainly from to its people. Our essence brings together the great wealth of our land contained in its fields and the great values of progress and warmth of its people, together with its diversified export supply.
Learn a little more about this great country:

  • A country without army:  security at the time of doing business.
  • Excellent business climate: Based on a renowned tradition of democracy and economic and political stability.
  • Strategic location:It has flight connections to over 35 cities worldwide. Sea shipping costs from Costa Rica are very competitive.
  • Skilled labor: the country has an exceptionally talented young bilingual workforce. On average, 95% of employees of multinational companies are local.
  • 2504 exporting companies, 81% of which are SMEs.
  • Preferential accessplatform: It has preferential access to 1/3 of the world population, and to 2/3 of the global GDP. 90% of exports of goods are made through Free Trade Agreements.
  • We export 4562 products to 146 countries.
  • We have 13 current FTAs, one is in the negotiation process and one in the legislative process.
  • Ranked second in Latin America in trade facilitation.
  • Ranked first in Latin America in export of medical devices, with $ 1.6 billion.
  • Quality of life: Quality of life is high. It is the safest country in Latin America, and one of the three countries with best environmental performance worldwide. Moreover, it has been ranked twice as the happiest country in the world.