Government Budget 65% open

Costa Rica

What data is expected?

National government budget at a high level, that is the planned government expenditure for the upcoming year, and not the actual expenditure. Open budget data allows for well-informed publics: showing where money is spent on, how public funds develop over time, and why certain activities are funded. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.

  • Budget per government department
  • Budget per sub-department
  • Descriptions for budget sections

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced No
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, XLS
Downloadable at once No
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 2
findable_steps 1. Google search: "Costa Rica national budget" / 2. Select second result from Ministry of Finance website / 3. Look for national budget on the menu. These steps took me to the central government budget only. To find the whole national budget I had to go to the Contraloría de la República website, that is not in the Google results.
Collected by government Yes
usability 2
collector_name Contraloría General de la República
characteristics Budget per government department, Budget per sub-department, Descriptions for budget sections
location - Website of Contraloría General de la República, - Website of Ministry of Finance
Submission originally made by Susana Soto

Comment reviewer: the first link in B2.2 ( was not working and I have based my review on this link ( The data is available in PDF, and xls, the xls provide a lot of detail. The problem is with the unavailability of bulk download. The data for 2017 was available, so I changed the question B6 from no to yes, and the question B8, I removed csv, because I could not find that in the provided links.

Meta data

Data location - Website of Contraloría General de la República - Website of Ministry of Finance
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   CSV, XLS
Reviewer   Anna Alberts
Submitters   anonymous
Last modified   Fri Jan 27 2017 17:08:27 GMT+0000 (UTC)