Oscar Arias Sánchez Biography

Government Official, President (non-U.S.) (1941–)
Learn about Costa Rica's former president Oscar Arias Sánchez on Biography.com. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to bring peace to the region.


Oscar Arias Sánchez was born into a wealthy, coffee-growing family on September 13, 1941, in Heredia, Costa Rica. After getting his Ph.D. from the University of Exxex, he began working for the National Liberation Party. From 1972 to 1977, he served as minister of planning under President José Figueres Ferrer. In 1986, he was elected president of Costa Rica, a position he held until 2010.

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