The 2010 Environmental Performance Index has been released. Costa Rica moved up two places this year to the third most environmentally friendly country. The index ranks 163 countries for 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. Expats, potential expats, and eco-travelers should be comforted that Costa Rica continues to perform better each year, even as infrastructure continues to improve. With the recent election of Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica will continue to move forward in a balanced way that respects its biodiversity and natural attractions, while ensuring that financial incentives are offered for the aspiring expat. One might also ask, Is it safe to live there? Costa Rica again scored well, registering at #9 on the list of the 10 Best Places to Live For Escaping World Conflict. Again, Laura Chinchilla has voiced her mission to continue improving the country’s police force. Costa Rica already records one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but the current and future administrations are dedicated to preserving the culture of peace that embodies Costa Rica. There has never been a better time to retire to Costa Rica. As much of the world is experiencing cutbacks due to financial and social strain, Costa Rica is only expanding. Imports and exports are increasing, jobs are being created, and development has re-started after a difficult 2009, while real estate sales are off the chart. CONTACT US to schedule your trip to this fantastic country.