Latin America

Costa Rica sets example to be followed in Latin America

As the Central American nation makes it into the OECD and manages to tame its Covid-19 spread, Brazil looks on in envy

Costa Rica sets example to be followed in Latin America
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Despite having just the 76th highest GDP in the world, Costa Rica has one of the best health, social, and economic outlooks in the whole of Latin America. Wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, the nation of 5 million inhabitants can boast not only the region’s lowest Covid-19 mortality rate of 0.8 percent and just two deaths per 1 million people, but it is also celebrating entry to the exclusive Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — a membership that Brazil’s government has sought for years.

Accession was possible after the 37 members of the so-called “club of (mostly) rich...

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