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Culture of Costa Rica

People in Costa Rica speak the Spanish language. The linguistic diversity of Costa Rica is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Costa Rica is 0.0489. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 64.7% of Costa Rica's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Costa Rica. The rate of urbanization in Costa Rica is considered to be 2.3. According to data on inbound tourists in Costa Rica, 2,428,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.

National anthem

The national anthem of Costa Rica is called 'Himno Nacional de Costa Rica', which in English means 'National Anthem of Costa Rica'. It was adopted in 1853. The lyrics have been written by José María Zeledón Brenes and the music has been composed by Manuel María Gutiérrez.

Fast food

The first McDonalds in Costa Rica was opened on 28 December 1970, and it was located in San Jose, 4th street, between 1st and Central Avenue. At the moment Costa Rica has 54 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 24% of the population of Costa Rica are obese.

Alcohol consumption

Each year, the people of Costa Rica consume 1 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 59.3% beer, 4.7% wine, 35.5% distilled spirits, 0.5% other alcohol.

National dish

One of the most popular national dishes of Costa Rica is gallo pinto.