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Costa Rica game is fast approaching and the air is rife with competitiveness. This could be the final chance for England to redeem themselves before Costa Rica make it through. For expats thinking of moving there, perhaps it would be fun to make some comparisons and see which country will ‘score best’ in a non-football comparison.
Costa Rica is alive with activity – literally. It is famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity in its tropical forests. In fact, you are likely to come across some creature, be that a toucan or a monkey, while you are out socialising.
Costa Rican cuisine is mild but full of flavour and highly reliant on fresh vegetables and fruit. Gallo pinto, a dish of beans and rice mixed with onions and bell peppers is a popular for breakfast and is considered to be the national dish. You are guaranteed a great cup of coffee because coffee is one of
Costa Rica’s greatest exports.
For things to do, you can visit one of the many sandy beaches surrounded by luscious green forests and you might see a volcano or two. Several are surfing and rafting hotspots. Keep fit by taking bike rides past great mountains and volcanoes or participate in some popular fishing.
Clubs and casinos are very popular and you can expect to see some salsa or bachata on the dance floor.
‘Pura Vida’ is the most popular and recognisable phrase and it reflects the Costa Rican way of life. It means ‘pure life’ and is the way people usually say hello.
England is also known for its night-life, with many popular clubs and bars. Pub culture is identifiable with the country where you can socialise and have several beers. Traditional English dishes include Shepherd’s Pie, bangers and mash and Sunday roasts. For those keen on history and culture, you can visit one of London’s many museums.
Score after round one:
England 0 –
Costa Rica 1
Costa Rica is renowned for its incredible healthcare system and is widely known as Central America’s greatest health success story. The
Peninsula is one of the Blue Zones in the world. This is because people commonly live active lives past the age of 100. The country provides universal care to its residents and is a hotspot for medical tourism.
England is well known for its successful, publicly-funded healthcare system the National Health Service (NHS) which is responsible for providing the majority of healthcare in the country. The quality of medication and services is high and is a leading example of healthcare all over the world.
Score after round two:
England 1 – Costa Rica 2
The quality of education in Costa Rica has risen and primary and secondary schools can be found throughout the country. Universal public education is assured in the constitution and primary education is compulsory. There are a number of private and public universities to choose from for higher education. Currently, there is a high demand for higher education with little places available in the public sector.
Education in England is of high quality with education historically being seen as a great advantage. There are seven ancient universities (universities found before 1800) including Oxford and Cambridge. Education is soon to be compulsory until the age of 18 rather than 16. The majority of students attend state-funded schools without charge.
Score after the final round:
England 2 – Costa Rica 2
So we predict a final score at the World Cup of 2 -2!
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