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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a peaceful Central American country fronting both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It has almost 4 million residents, a stable democratic government, no army, and is host to Central America 's largest hi-tech community, including the Latin American Headquarters of Microsoft and one of Intel 's most modern chip fabrication plants. Many major US high-tech corporations maintain offices or branches in Costa Rica including IBM, Oracle, Dell, Apple, Compaq, Cisco, and others. Literacy (nearly 95%), English language and computer usage are the highest in Latin America. Costa Rica has the highest United Nations Human Development Index among all developing countries. With the abolishment of the army in 1948, the
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The number of Internet users in the region could increase to 34 million in the year 2000, and it is estimated that e-commerce transactions in Latin America could reach $240 million in 1999 and $525 million in 2000.
The typical Latin American Internet user is a 26-year-old, middle-class man who has used the Internet for less than a year and whose favorite site for doing Web searches is Yahoo. At least, that is the conclusion of a study conducted by the advertising agency Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Inc. The age of the average user shows that more young people are getting online in the region, since the average age in 1997 was 31 years old.
Recent studies have also indicated that the Internet is becoming more accessible to middle- and lower-class people. Latin American Web surfers prefer Web sites that provide information about music, local news, chat services, information about computers and information about art and culture.
After Yahoo, the most popular search sites are AltaVista, Cade, Radar UOL, StarMedia, Infoseek, Lycos and Excite.
Most respondents log on from home (53 percent), followed by work (31 percent). Most people (54 percent) use the Internet every day, 20 percent five or six days per week and 26 percent four days or less per week. The average weekly use is 11 hours.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents said their sessions last between 31 minutes and 60 minutes, and 23 percent said their sessions last between 61 minutes and 90
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