Government Budget 61% 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?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2

Data format


Data Location

  • - Website of Contraloría General de la República
  • - Website of Ministry of Finance
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced No
    Downloadable at once No
    Up-to-date Yes
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes
    In an open and machine-readable format CSV, XLS
    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    Submission originally made by Susana Soto

    Reviewer comments

    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

    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Anna Alberts
    Submitters   anonymous
    Last modified   Fri Jan 27 2017 17:08:27 GMT+0000 (UTC)