Quick Info

  • Full Country Name: Belize
  • Capital: Belmopan (population: 5,000)
  • Language: English (official), English Creole, Spanish, Maya and Garífuna.
  • Currency: Belize dollar BZ$ (BZD) = 100 cents.
  • People: Mestizo (44%), Creole (30%), Maya groups (11%), Garifuna (7%), immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Asia.
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 65.02, Female: 70.08.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic. Smaller groups of Anglicans, Methodists, Mennonites.
  • Size (sq km): 23,966 (150th)
  • Population: 291,000 (179th)
  • Population Density per sq km: 12 (203rd)
  • Country Dialling Code: 501
  • Internet Country Code: .bz
  • Time Zone: GMT -6
  • Voltage Guide: 110 AC, 60 Hz.
  • Finance: Credit cards and traveller's cheques accepted.
  • Business Hours: 0800-1200, 1300-1700 Mon-Thurs, 0800-1200, 1300-1630 Friday.
  • GDP: US$740 million
  • GDP per Capita: US$3100
  • Inflation: -0.9%
  • Major industries: Sugar, bananas, fish products, garment production, food processing, timber, tourism, construction.
  • Major trading partners: USA, UK, Mexico, Canada.
  • Personal Safety: Muggings and thefts occur, but not as bad as some parts of Latin America.
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