In this edition we take you to a small Central American country of just 5 million people, but where nearly 100 percent of the electricity is produced from renewables. Costa Rica is the El Dorado of green energy, mainly due to its investment in hydropower and geothermal energy.
24 Nov 2022
As the last four games of the opening round of matches of the Qatar 2022 World Cup take place today, African representatives Cameroon and Ghana will come up against Switzerland and Portugal, respectively. Are the Indomitable Lions capable of ripping the efficient Swiss apart, and can the Black Stars dim the glow of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal?
23 Nov 2022
Belgium will once again be the dark horse in Qatar and their golden generation will hope to finally end the jinx and bring home the World Cup. They begin their campaign in the Middle East against Canada, a country making a return to the Mundial after a 36-year absence. Will this finally be Belgium’s year?
11 May 2022
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.
4 Apr 2022
Costa Rica is considered a model country in Central America. But the pandemic and corruption have exacerbated inequality and poverty.
7 Feb 2022
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.