Banco Nacional celebrated its 100 years of existence with a formal ceremony Monday night in the Teatro Nacional.
The state bank began in 1914 as the Banco Internacional de Costa Rica and changed its name to the current one in 1936.
Bank officials, business customers and government representatives were quick to point out the major role the institution has played in the development of Costa Rica. They cited rural loans and loans to small and medium enterprises.
The bank now has 171 offices, 470 automatic tellers and 2,800 service centers in commercial locations. There are 1.8 million customers.