The economist and former finance minister has been sworn in for a four-year term. Chaves wants to reinvigorate the country's ailing economy, but he also faces controversy over earlier sexual harassment allegations.
Costa Rica is considered a model country in Central America. But the pandemic and corruption have exacerbated inequality and poverty.
Costa Rican voters are choosing the country's next president amid frustration over corruption scandals, the COVID-19 pandemic and poor economic conditions. Much of the electorate remains undecided.
31 Oct 2021
In the space of just a few years, the small Central American nation of Costa Rica has become a global laboratory for decarbonisation. Costa Rica is the world's only tropical country that has managed to reverse the process of deforestation: forests now cover more than half its surface. It’s also one of the few countries to get almost all its electricity (99 percent) from renewable sources. Costa Rica's inspiring and bold example reflects badly on major world powers, which have considerably more resources available to achieve their climate goals. Our regional correspondents Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin report.
1 Oct 2021
At 94, Saturnino Lopez says he can walk four kilometres in a day. Awake early in the morning, he cuts firewood at his home on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the areas with the longest-living inhabitants on the planet.
14 Oct 2020
Costa Rican riot police used tear gas on Monday to disperse demonstrators who attacked and threw stones at the officers. Protesters were marching against new taxes included in a proposed agreement that the Costa Rican government intends to take to the IMF in order to shore up the country's finances.
30 Aug 2020
For decades, undocumented Nicaraguan laborers have been crossing into neighboring Costa Rica to work on farms. They earn low wages and often work in poor conditions. Now the coronavirus is adding to their woes.
25 Mar 2019
Two riders fight during a Costa Rica National Motorbike Championship Race and receive two-year bans for the incident.
24 Feb 2019
A five-year-old boy who had not received the measles vaccine went on holiday to Costa Rica with his parents. The country had been measles-free for five years before his arrival.
31 Oct 2017
Two trains carrying some 400 people have collided in Costa Rica, with local media reporting scores of injuries amongst passengers.
7 Oct 2017
Storm hits Costa Rica, killing 9 and causes landslides.
2 Sep 2017
Marco Urena tallies twice to lead Costa Rica to 2-0 road victory over the United States in World Cup qualifying match.