Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world

Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world, according to the Happy Planet Index published Saturday 4 julio/09, and as reported by The New Economics Foundation.

With pleasure I announce this information on the country where I lived twenty-one years. Our problems are minor, comparing to the other countries in Central American who need to deal with gunshot wounds, poverty, injustice, inequality. The Ticos in comparison are living in paradise.

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We are not saying that people living in Costa Rica are the happiest. The index measures the ecological efficiency that would have long lives and bring happiness to all citizens. It is a happiness gained from the ecological point of view, as green country, and life expectancy.
The report looks at 143 countries and measures how many resources the planet uses every nation, and well-being and life expectancy of citizens.
Of a total of 100 points, a kind of ultimate happiness environmentally sustainable, yet humanity remains at just 49 points.
In this list, and according to those parameters Western nations, seen as the most “successful” of the world, do not occupy the highest places. Switzerland is low at site 52, France 71 and U.S. slips to 114.

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“The Happy Planet Index can not measure everything,” said Abdallah. “And one thing you do not measure very well is war. Because the war, especially that kind of internal war or social conflict, does not affect all people within a country. ”
In short: Money from rich countries does not do everything for the happiness of its citizens.

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Ecology, key factor in Costa Rica – What makes the index is to measure the environmental efficiency that would have long lives and happiness for all people.
“The UK only produces 4.5% of electricity of sustainable energy, while in Costa Rica it is 99%. “Many countries in Latin America produce more clean energy than in Europe”.
The most important health problems in Costa Rica from the point of view of progress attainable are associated to some extent neglected diseases such as diabetes and cervical cancer in women and traffic accidents in men. Although there are other causes of death that cost lives, being preventable cause mortality in Costa Rica compared to other countries. Gastric cancer is another plague that claims many more lives in Costa Rica than in other nations, but life expectancy at birth is about 78.5%. In the Savior walks by 71%. In this connection only Canada beats Costa Rica with 80% of life expectancy at birth.
“Western countries generally do have the highest welfare standards in the world, but they succeed deteriorating natural resources to the maximum. Do you need to destroy the world to succeed to be happy?

“If we want to live a happy live, and no longer want damage to the Earth, think of Costa Rica. For real estate in Costa Rica, go to

When buying real estate in Costa Rica

How should you buy real estate in Costa Rica?

The thought of real estate in Costa Rica is exciting! Whether you are planning retirement or to try and run a business it is definitely worth the extra time to know where you are buying and to do all the proper investigation before you make that big step to buy!

Just recently Josefina and her husband Edwin were coming to Costa Rica from Paris France to buy real estate and retire here. They looked at many different lots with one of the local realtors but in the end bought their dream property directly from the owner. Now the owner, who was very cordial and nice told them they did not need a realtor to buy his property. In the end, the couple thought they were saving a substantial amount of money not having to pay a realtor. Edwin was very polite and explained the situation to the realtor even though she suggested that he be very careful that there were many details and property studies that should be done.

real estate in Costa Rica

real estate in Costa Rica

The real estate was purchased and the owner ecstatic with his sell and back to the EEUU he went. However, recently Edwin called back his realtor to explain to her that his property was tied up at the municipality as there were leans on the property that Edwin and Josefina did not know about.

In the end, the money they saved not paying commission to the realtor they are now spending with lawyers to get their property legal!! Remember your realtor is here to help you avoid getting scammed! Also take in consideration that the seller pays the commission, not the buyer. And a licensed realtor knows the deals and how to negotiate the best price. Make sure that your real estate in Costa Rica is the right one and done the right way!

Costa Rica Real Estate Market Report 2011

With the fall in the prices of Real Estate, there has never been a better moment to invest in Costa Rica, and now due to the changes in the market a new type of investor is emerging.

With the end of the  “no money down mortage age”, the current buyers are different; they are no longer the speculators and flippers. These new players on the real estate market have their own savings or genuine income, are serious buyers and they are very often near retirement age.

This client would much rather spend their valuable time enjoying a natural relaxing environment with all the comforts and amenities of a residential community. In other words it is not the adventurous investor that used to come as pioneers to dedicate their entire time to the design and development of their project; today buyers are looking for a product they already are familiar with, something that is already done. Already has permits and infrastructure in place, ready to be lived in or used an income generating property.

The new trend buyers are leaning toward are gated residential communities but, in contrast to North America, in Costa Rica the maintenance fees for residential communities are substantially lower, with much less restrictions. The most common form of condominium in Costa Rica is the mixed use development, which consists of duplex homes, free standing homes, town homes as well as the traditional multi family building. Each individual home can be subdivided and independently registered to its owner. Los Delfines Golf & Country Club is a good example.

Contact Century 21 Beach Area Properties if you are looking for real estate in Costa Rica.


Los Delfines Golf & Country Club

I am blessed to live here at Los Delfines, every morning I wake up with birds singing or howler monkeys making noise. Totally relaxing environment, with 24/7 security, 4 km beach, underground utilities, golf course, tennis courts and the most spectacular flora and fauna. I can recommend it for people to enjoy a relaxing vacation, retirement or even life. I have seen lots of places in Costa Rica the last 10 years but to my opinion you will not find a similar place like Los Delfines because of the location and amenities.

I invite you to come and visit Los Delfines Golf and Country Club. The beach is on a bay so its perfect for swimming for adults or kids.