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Provinces of Costa Rica

The seven provinces of Costa Rica

According to Article 168[1] of the Constitution of Costa Rica, the political divisions are officially classified into 3 tiers of sub-national entities.


  • Overview 1
  • List of provinces 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The article states, "Para los efectos de la Administración Pública el territorio nacional se divide en provincias, éstas en cantones y los cantones en distritos.", which loosely translates into English as "For Public Administration purposes, the national territory is divided into provinces, these into cantons and cantons into districts." The Republic of Costa Rica consists of 7 provinces (provincias), 81 cantons (cantones), and 473 districts (districtos).[2]

List of provinces

Flag Province Map Capital Area (km2) Population
Alajuela Alajuela 9,757 885,571
Cartago Cartago 3,124 490,903
Guanacaste Liberia 10,141 354,154
Heredia Heredia 2,657 433,677
Limón Puerto Limón 9,189 386,862
Puntarenas Puntarenas 11,266 410,929
San José San José 4,966 1,404,242
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See also


  1. ^ "CONSTITUCION POLITICA DE LA REPUBLICA DE COSTA RICA 1949". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Código Postal'" (in Spanish). Correos de Costa Rica. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 

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