|Source: CIA World Factbook
|Source: Wikipedia Commons
The Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica) is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica's total area is 51,100 km2 (19,652 square miles) and had an estimated population in 2009 of 4,509,290.
Whites and mestizos (people of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry) make up 94% of the population, while 3% are Black/Afro-Caribbean, 1% Amerindian, 1% Chinese, and 1% other. The majority of whites are primarily of Spaniard ancestry.
Roman Catholicism is the official state religion in Costa Rica. 70.5% of Costa Ricans are Roman Catholics, 44.9% of the population are practicing Catholics, 13.8% are Evangelical Protestants (many of them Pentecostal), 11.3% report that they do not have a religion, and 4.3% belonged to another.
In August 1961 the Conservative Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Rosedale Mennonite Missions) sent two missionary couples to establish a Mennonite witness in Costa Rica, eventually establishing the Convención Evangélica Menonita de Costa Rica. A group of Beachy Amish led by minister Sanford Yoder and several families pioneered a settlement in Costa Rica in 1968.
In 2009 the following Anabaptist groups were active in Costa Rica:
|Asociación Convención de Iglesias Menonitas de Costa Rica
Presiding Officer: Sandra Campos Cruz, Presidenta
|Beachy Amish Church
Presiding Officer: Philip Yoder, Bishop
|Independent & Unaffiliated
Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2009: Latin America & The Caribbean." 2010. Web. 28 October 2010..
Wikipedia. "Costa Rica." 2010. Web. 3 April 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica.
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