by Ivo Henfling
A good reason to move to Costa Rica?
There are many reasons for moving to Costa Rica but the most attractive one is that Costa Ricans are nice people, which is why they have a hard time saying NO. If you compare the Ticos, which is how they call themselves proudly, with the neighbors, the Panamanians and the Nicaraguans (Nicas), they come way ahead in friendliness.
Ticos have a different attitude, to my opinion, due to the fact that they never had to really suffer through dictatorship and civil wars. During the only Costa Rican civil war, the revolution of 1948, took the fighting parties only 44 days to figure things out between them. Costa Rica has always had a huge middle class and social unrest has been practically unknown to them.
Following the civil war, the army was abolished and the money usually budgeted for an army, was used to build schools, which is what made the Tico the most educated population in Central America. This is what sets them apart from the rest of their continent and why Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world.