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Religion in Costa Rica


The majority of Costa Rica's population lives in the central highlands, where the capital, San JosÚ, is located. 73 percent of Costa Rica's population live in cities.

Religions of Costa Rica

According to Countryaah data, Costa Rica has Central America's most homogeneous population with just under 90 percent of pure European origin and only 7 percent of Mestiz. An English-speaking black minority lives in the banana district on the Caribbean coast, where they were imported by United Fruit Co. at the beginning of the 20th century. The thousands of Indians (mainly Chibcha people like bribrÝ and cabecar) who remain live scattered in remote mountain areas.

Costa Rica Population

Homogeneity is also reflected in religion, culture and living standards. Catholic values ​​characterize society and family; so include Easter week processions to the highlights of the year. Recently, however, North American influence has increased significantly.


The official language, Spanish, is spoken as the mother tongue by the overwhelming majority. An English-based Creole language is used on the Caribbean coast (1-2%), while speakers of various Chibcha languages ​​(in the southern part of the country) make up about 0.5% of the population.


During the colonial church, Native American religions were exterminated. After independence in 1821, the Catholic Church lost its privileges. Methodists, Lutherans, and Baptists came in the 19th century, as did the men's Hutism that came to the Atlantic coast, where there are Afro-Indian religious traditions. About 90% of the population are Catholics. Ecumenical cooperation is aimed at poverty. Evangelical groups are growing the most.

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