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Population: 312,698 (est.)

Language(s): English, Kriol, Spanish, Garifuna, Maya, Plautdietsch

Capital: Belmopan

Interesting Facts:

  • The Belize dollar is the official currency of Belize.
  • Christianity is by far the biggest religion in the country, with around 90% of the country being adherents.
  • The climate is tropical with a very hot and humid rainy season from May to November and a dry season from February to May.
  • Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy, followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments.
  • Belize has a rare breed of howler monkey that is known as one of the top ten loudest animals in the world
  • The average temperature for the coastal areas of Belize is between 79 to 89 degrees. This is an all year temperature. Since, Belize has only two temperatures with only two wet and dry seasons
  • The locals in Belize have created some unique names for its natural wonders including Owl eye butterfly, the Swallow Tail Cattle Heart Butterfly, and the Red Footed Booby Bird, and the False Vampire Bat.
  • Belize is one of the best places for shark viewing with the best times to go being in the raining season of April – July.
  • Belize has such a dense population it is one of the most populous in the world for its size
  • Belize has over 500 distinct varieties of birds more than any other country in the world
  • Outside the Belize mainland is one of the world’s natural reefs known as the Belize natural reefs with 200 separate islands.
  • Belize is one of the richest Mayan history locations with over 900 historic locations.

Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country located on the north eastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area where English is the official language, although Kriol and Spanish are more commonly spoken. Belize is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 kilometres (180 mi) long and 110 kilometres (68 mi) wide.

With 22,960 square kilometres (8,860 sq mi) of land and a population of only 312,698 inhabitants (2010 census), Belize possesses the lowest population density in Central America. The country’s population growth rate of 3.15% (2012 est.) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere. Belize’s abundance of terrestrial and marine species, and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place within the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

Belize has a diverse society, comprising many cultures and languages. It is the only nation in the region with a British colonial heritage, but as a part of the Western Caribbean Zone, it also shares a common heritage with the Caribbean portions of other Central American countries. In general, Belize is considered to be a Central American nation with strong ties to both the Caribbean and Latin America. Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States(CELAC), and Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA).

Source: Wikipedia

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