Costa Rica is a democratic republic.  The capital city is San Jose. There are seven provinces  (provincias, singular - provincia); Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, and San Jose. Their constitution was signed November 7,  194. 

The president is President Oscar ARIAS Sanchez (since 8 May 2006). Like the United states the president and vice president are elected on a single ticket and serve for four years.

Óscar Arias

Óscar Rafael de Jesús Arias Sánchez (born 13 September 1940) is the current President of Costa Rica



Legislative Assembly or Asamblea Legislativa (57 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms) There are many political parties.


The Supreme Court or Corte Suprema (22 justices are elected for renewable eight-year terms by the Legislative Assembly)