Belize General Information
Belize is the only English Speaking country in Central America, and while it has a lot in common with the Caribbean, the country is now more and more integrating with the Central American neighbors.
Capital of Belize
Currency Belizean Dollar, exchange rate:
1 US$ = 2 Belizean Dollar, Bz$ (fixed rate).
Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo.
294,000 growth rate 2.3% (2007 est.). Ethnic groups: Mestizo 49%, Creole 25%, Maya 10%, Garifuna 6%, other 10%.
English (official) 4%, Spanish 46%, Creole 33%, Mayan 9%, Garifuna 4%, other 4%.
Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 27%, other 14%, none 9%.
Tropical, very hot and humid. Rainy season from May to November, dry season from February to May.
22,966 sq. km. Flat coastal plains, low mountains in south. High proportion of reserved and protected land. Frequent hurricanes from June to November.
January 1 – New Years Day.
March 9 – Baron Bliss Day.
March/April – Holy Saturday, Good Friday and Easter Monday.
May 1 – Labour Day.
May 24 – Commonwealth Day.
September 10 – St. George’s Caye Day.
September 21 – Independence Day (1981 from UK).
October 12 – Columbus Day.
November 19 – Garifuna Settlement Day.
December 25 – Christmas Day.
December 26 – Boxing Day.
Arable land potential, timber, fish, hydropower.
Garment production, food processing, tourism, construction, oil.
Bananas, cacao, citrus, sugar, fish, cultured shrimp, lumber, garments.
US$ 2.3 billion, real growth rate 3.5%, per capita US$ 8,400 (2006 est.).
US$ 427 million (f.o.b. 2006 est.). Sugar, bananas, citrus, clothing, fish products, molasses, wood.