From Wikipedia: In 1989, a radical series of Eastern Bloc political changes occurred, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc’s authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest.
The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.
Does Costa Rica need a military defense force to stop invaders? In 1948 their government abandoned their military … was that a wise move? Many people may not be willing to consider such a radical step but they are living in the past … or as one great American once said, “Most people are driving through life with both hands firmly on the rear view mirror.”
That great American is non other than Mr Werner Erhard, founder of the EST Training, recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize and the person considered responsible for introducing “empowerment” to business and organisations, rather than “management”.
On 1st December, 1948 President José Figueres abolished Costa Rica’s army. From that moment on Costa Rica has lived as a peaceful and democratic nation. Besides getting rid of the army this decision had another important effect on the country’s development. The money that was formerly spent on the military is now spent on education and universal health care and has had a tremendous effect on human development for the average Costa Rican.
No other countries can make this claim!
This peaceful tradition continues to live. Costa Rica’s current president, Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez was the recipient of the Noble Peace prize for being instrumental in bringing peace to the nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s.
Furthermore, there is no threat of terrorism here because Costa Rica has NO enemies. This added stability is one of the primary factors that make our unique country such a special place in the world and perfect for a peaceful retirement and investment. For these same reasons large multinational corporations like Citi Bank, GE, Walmart, Intel, Proctor Gamble, Firestone, Amazon.com and many others have invested millions of dollars here. I am sure this list will continue to grow as more big players and individuals realize the advantage of investing here.
Finally, this peaceful ambience, excellent investment climate and unparalleled beauty are the reasons Costa Rica has become one top five emerging real estate markets in the world. See more on Costa Rica Continue reading