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World Cup 2014: 10 things you never knew about Costa Rica
England take on Costa Rica later today before they head home after a disasterous performance at the 2014 World Cup.
But how many things do you know about this afternoon's opposition?
Impress your friends and family with these facts around the TV...
1. Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the “Switzerland of Central America” on account of its stability and comfortable lifestyle.
Monteverde Cloud Forest, image by Barbora Nemcova, licensed under Creative Commons
2. The country is home to magical-looking ‘cloud forests’ characterised by 100 per cent humidity and low level clouds which linger at canopy level or even lower.
The National Museum of Costa Rica where President José Figueres Ferrer accounced he was abolishing the country's military in 1949. Image by Trevor Huxham, licensed under Creative Commons.
3. Costa Rica has no permanent standing army or military at all.
Arenal Volcano, which is Costa Rica's most active volcano. Image by Ardyiii, licensed under Creative Commons
4. A land born of volcanoes and part of the pacific ring of fire it has 112 volcanoes – although only six are active.
5. Its primary traditional exports include bananas, coffee, sugar and beef.
The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica, image by Rodtico21 via Wikimedia Commons
6. Ancient inhabitants left their mark on the country in the form of perfect stone spheres, more than 300 of which have been found, ranging from 20cm to 2m in diameter. Crafted over 1,000 year period from 400 AD, and often aligned in shapes or lines, their meaning remains a mystery.
Houses in San José, image by Kyle May, licensed under Creative Commons
7. The population of Costa Rica is 4.8 million (2012 figure). The capital and largest city is San José
A red eyed tree frog, image by Frontierofficial, licensed under Creative Commons
8. The country is among the richest in plant and animal life in the world, with half a million species, representing 4 per cent of the earth’s biodiversity - across just 0.03 per cent of the planet’s surface.
Image by Kansas Sebastian, licensed under Creative Commons
9. The Central American country is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific to the west and Caribbean Sea to the east.
Adam C. Smith Photography, licensed under Creative Commons
10. It is known to be a top surfing location and the third most popular destination for the sport after Hawaii and Indonesia.
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