Costa Rica's government is very stable. In fact, Costa Rica is considered the most stable country in Central America and even in all of Latin America.
Costa Rica is a constitutional democratic republic and abolished its army in 1949, allocating the national defense budget to education and health care. Currently, Costa Rica is the only Latin country on a list of 22 countries that have been steadily democratic since 1950.
Several factors have contributed to Costa Rica's stability, including enlightened leadership, comparative prosperity, flexible class lines, educational opportunities, and high social indicators. Also, because Costa Rica has no armed forces, it has avoided military involvement in political affairs, unlike other countries in the region.
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