Where is Belize?

Belize is a North American country covering 22,966.00 km2 of which 0.70% is water and 22,806.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 48th smallest country in the world and slightly smaller than Massachusetts. Its geographic coordinates are 17 15 N, 88 45 W and Belmopan is the capital city.

Belize has a 542.00 km border with Guatemala (266 km) and Mexico (276 km). Guatemala persists in its territorial claim to approximately half of the country of Belize.

The country is said to be named for the Belize River, which itself derives from the Maya word "belix" meaning "muddy-watered".

Its ISO code is BZ.

Geography

It is located in Central America. Belize has a mean elevation of 173 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate with a very hot and humid rainy season from may to November and a dry season from February to May. Its terrain consists of flat, swampland and low mountains.

Population

Belize has a population of 353,858 making it the 176th largest in the world. Over half of the population lives in rural areas.

English is the official language; Spanish and Creole are also widely spoken. The major ethnic group reported was mestizo, followed by Creole and Maya. The religious groups in the country are mostly Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian.

The dialing code for the country is 501.

Government

Belize is an independent country. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. Its constitution was last ratified in 1981.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Belize's GDP is $3,088,000,000.00 (USD) with $8,200.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 186th largest economy and its citizens the 144th richest in the world. The currency of Belize is the Dollar (BZD).

The major export partners are the United Kingdom, United States, and Nigeria. Its main exports are sugar, bananas, citrus, and clothing. Its major import partners are the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. Its major imports include machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, and fuels.