Costa Rica

(República de Costa Rica.)
  • John Scott Keltie
  • M. Epstein
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, the last occasion being June 8, 1917, 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. By the Election Law of August 18, 1913, universal suffrage was adopted for all male citizens who are of age and able to support themselves, except those deprived of civil rights, criminals, bankrupts and the insane. Voting for President, Deputies and Municipal Councillors is public, direct and free. 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 for the term of six years.


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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. Anuario Estadistico. San José, Annual.Google Scholar
  3. Documentos relativos á la Controversia de limites con la República de Panamá. San José, I909.Google Scholar

2. Non-Official Publications

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1918

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  • John Scott Keltie
  • M. Epstein

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