Economy, Mining and Manufacturing
Petroleum deposits, cheese factories, sawmills, sulfur, candles
Gold and silver are mined in the western part of Costa Rica. Deposits of manganese, nickel, mercury, and sulfur are largely unworked. Petroleum deposits have been found in the south, but not exploited. Salt is produced from seawater.
Most of the country’s industry is of small-scale enterprises such as coffee-drying plants, cheese factories, sawmills, woodworking factories, breweries, and distilleries. Costa Rica has factories that produce petroleum products, furniture, paper, textiles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, candles, boots, and cigars and cigarettes. Costa Rica produced 5.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 1999; 83 percent of the power was generated in hydroelectric facilities.
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