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About Belize in detail
Where is Belize?
Belize, in case if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 17 15 N 88 46 W otherwise in Central America and the Caribbean, in Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico.
What is the capital of Belize?
The capital city of Belize is: Belmopan.
What is the time in Belmopan?
It is 1 hour behind Washington DC during Standard Time, the timezone of Belmopan is: UTC-6.
What is the Internet code for Belize?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for Belize is: .bz
What is the size of Belize?
The territory of Belize is total: 22,966 sq km; land: 22,806 sq km, water: 160 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of Belize is slightly smaller than Massachusetts.
If we would like to walk around and discover Belize, we can do that by covering the distance of total: 542 km.
What is the water coverage of Belize?
We have mentioned already on this website, that what percentage of Belize is covered by water (see below), and this includes 386 km coastline.
What is the climate like in Belize?
The climate of Belize is tropical: very hot and humid: rainy season (May to November): dry season (February to May).
Geographical data of Belize
The elevation of Belize; mean elevation: 173 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m, highest point: Doyle's Delight 1,160 m.
The typical geographical details of Belize include flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, Belize is only country in Central America without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean.
Resources and land use of Belize
The country’s main mined products are arable land potential, timber, fish, hydropower. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 6.9%; arable land 3.3%; permanent crops 1.4%; permanent pasture 2.2%; forest: 60.6%; other: 32.5% (2011 estimate).
Population data of Belize
The number of inhabitants of Belize is 353,858 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of population distribution, it is safe to say that approximately 25 to 30% of the population lives in the former capital, Belize City; over half of the overall population is rural; population density is slightly higher in the north and east.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 44% of total population (2015).
Most of the population in Belize is concentrated in BELMOPAN (capital) 17,000 (2014).
Ethnicity in Belize
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: mestizo 52.9%, Creole 25.9%, Maya 11.3%, Garifuna 6.1%, East Indian 3.9%, Mennonite 3.6%, white 1.2%, Asian 1%, other 1.2%, unknown 0.3%note: percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to identify more than one ethnic origin (2010 estimate).
Spoken languages in Belize
The spoken languages in Belize are the following: English 62.9% (official language), Spanish 56.6%, Creole 44.6%, Maya 10.5%, German 3.2%, Garifuna 2.9%, other 1.8%, unknown 0.3%, none 0.2% (cannot speak). Note: shares sum to more than 100% because some respondents gave more than one answer on the census (2010 estimate).
What are the most important religions in Belize?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Roman Catholic 40.1%, Protestant 31.5% (includes Pentecostal 8.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.4%, Anglican 4.7%, Mennonite 3.7%, Baptist 3.6%, Methodist 2.9%, Nazarene 2.8%), Jehovah's Witness 1.7%, other 10.5% (includes Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Morman, Muslim, Rastafarian), unknown 0.6%, none 15.5% (2010 estimate).
Further population data of Belize
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 34.41% (male 62,139 / female 59,611) 15-24 years: 20.71% (male 37,333 / female 35,960) 25-54 years: 36.26% (male 64,968 / female 63,346) 55-64 years: 4.84% (male 8,445 / female 8,666) 65 years and over: 3.78% (male 6,291 / female 7,099) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of Belize is 1.84% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate is based on two elements, the birth, and the death rate. In Belize the birth rate is 24.3 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 6 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in the developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so the childbearing is extended. In Belize the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best case scenario despite the fact that the birth of the children is postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as the life expectancy is also extended. In the case of Belize, these figures are . With the introduction of modern medicine, the vaccinations and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in Belize are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 5.8% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of Belize
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy, followed by exports of crude oil, marine products, sugar, citrus, and bananas.The government's expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, initiated in September 1998, led to GDP growth averaging nearly 4% in 1999-2007. Oil discoveries in 2006 bolstered this growth and oil exploration continues, but production has fallen in recent yAlthough Belize has the third highest per capita income in Central America, the average income figure masks a huge income disparity between rich and poor, and a key government objective remains reducing poverty and inequality with the help of internationa.
GDP is an important figure as all the relevant calculations and statistics are based on it. GDP in Belize is $1.77 billion (2015 estimate).
An another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in Belize is 0% (2016 estimate) 1% (2015 estimate) 4.1% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy, remember in 2015 when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange was temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In Belize this is $8,200 (2016 estimate) $8,400 (2015 estimate) $8,600 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products Belize produces?
The main agricultural products of Belize are bananas, cacao, citrus, sugar; fish, cultured shrimp; lumber.
Regarding the economy, the important segments are garment production, food processing, tourism, construction, oil. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP is based on garment production, food processing, tourism, construction, oil.
Drinking water source in Belize
It is important to mention, that - thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 98.9% of population, rural: 100% of population, total: 99.5% of population. Unimproved: urban: 1.1% of population, rural: 0% of population, total: 0.5% of population (2015 estimate).
Average number of childbirth in Belize
In Belize the average number of childbirth is 2.9 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in Belize
The average age of the population is total: 22.4 years; male: 22.2 years, female: 22.6 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in Belize it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor the number of new coming immigrants. In Belize is 0 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: yes. Citizenship by descent: yes. Dual citizenship recognized: yes, residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years.
Is Belize a safe destination? Healthcare services and contagious diseases in Belize
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and contagious diseases of their destinations. In Belize density of the hospital beds is 1.1 beds / 1,000 population (2012).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in Belize the degree of risk: highfood or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fevervectorborne diseases: dengue fever and malaria. Note: active local transmission of Zika virus by Aedes species mosquitoes has been identified in this country (as of August 2016); it poses an important risk (a large number of cases possible) among US citizens if bitten by an infective mosquito; other less common ways to get Zika are through sex, via blood transfusion, or during pregnancy, in which the pregnant woman passes Zika virus to her fetus (2016).
However, the HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In Belize the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: .
Regarding tourism the obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate obese adults in Belize is 20.6% (2014).
What are the natural hazards Belize? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in Belize are frequent, devastating hurricanes (June to November) and coastal flooding (especially in south).
More interesting facts about Belize
A few words about the past, as every country and society its connected to its history; Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America..
In every nation's memory, there are cornerstones that placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of Belize: 21 September 1981 (from the UK).
The flag and other symbols of Belize
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the bottom edges; centered is a large white disk bearing the coat of arms; the coat of arms features a shield flanked by two workers in front of a mahogany tree with the related motto SUB UMBRA FLOREO (I Flourish in the Shade) on a scroll at the bottom, all encircled by a green garland of 50 mahogany leaves; the colors are those of the two main political parties: blue for the PUP and red for the UDP; various elements of the coat of arms - the figures, the tools, the mahogany tree, and the garland of leaves - recall the logging industry that led to British settlement of Belize. Note: Belize's flag is the only national flag that depicts human beings; two British overseas territories, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands, also depict humans.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of the national unity is the national anthem. The main purpose of the anthem is to share the nation's core values, endeavors, and the patriotic feelings.
National symbols of Belize: Baird's tapir (a large, browsing, forest-dwelling mammal), keel-billed toucan, Black Orchid; national colors: red, blue.
Constitution of Belize
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of Belize?
Most of the times the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the “law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the “law in books.”
The legal system of Belize is English common law.
It was Aristotle, who founded the theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have been defined, the way we still use them. In most of the democratic countries, the three authorities are separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities are usually interwoven in one hand.
About the legislative branch of Belize, we can highlight the following structures bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate (12 seats; members appointed by the governor general - 6 on the advice of the prime minister, 3 on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and 1 each on the advice of the Belize Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belize Better Business Bureau, and the National Trade Union Congress and the Civil Society Steering Committee; members serve 5-year terms) and the House of Representatives (31 seats; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 5-year terms)elections: House of Representatives - last held on 4 November 2015 (next to be held in or before 2020)election results: percent of vote by party - UDP 50.52%, PUP 47.77%, other 1.71%; seats by party - UDP 19, PUP 12.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in Belize
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is the unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of the unemployment rate, but as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In Belize the labor force is 120,500 (2008 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in Belize is total: 19.3 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 21.6 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 16.9 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) - as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in Belize is 12.9% (2014 estimate).
It is widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the fortune of the poorest half of the world's population.
In Belize, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: NA% highhest 10%: NA%.
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index is named after its founder Corrado Gini an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It is one if the criteria is concentrated on the territory. In Belize the GINI index is N/A.
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less is a subjective measure. It varies by country its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the poorest 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In Belize the people living under the poverty line is lowest 10%: NA% highhest 10%: NA%.
About the budget and central governments debt of Belize
Available budget mainly defines the state's economy. The budget of Belize is; revenues: $500 million, expenditures: $650 million (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 28.2% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in Belize is 1 April - 31 March.
In country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state local, federal and central governments debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in Belize
A few further interesting and important economic data are the fallowing; Inflation rate: 0.9% (2016 estimate), -0.9% (2015 estimate) and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: 10.8% (31 December 2016 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of Belize
Belize, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in Belize is: $519.5 million (2016 estimate), $537.9 million (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: sugar, bananas, citrus, clothing, fish products, molasses, wood, crude oil.
The most important imported products are: machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods; fuels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; food, beverages, tobacco, and the countries from where the import is coming: US 26.6%, Mexico 11.7%, Cuba 10.2%, Guatemala 9%, China 7.5%, Trinidad and Tobago 5.6% (2015).
Renewable energies used in Belize
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies has to replace the fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. Belize, the indicator of how much of country’s produced energy is coming from hydroelectric source is 27.3% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy is produced is the 25.8% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of Belize, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about Belize; above-average system; trunk network depends primarily on microwave radio relaydomestic: fixed-line teledensity of only about 6 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular teledensity approaching 50 per 100 personsinternational: country code - 501; landing point for the Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) fiber-optic telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and the US; satellite earth station - 8 (Int (2015).
Transport infrastructure in Belize
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With widespread air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in Belize: 47 (2013), and the number of heliports: N/A.
The total length of the roadways in Belize: total: 2,870 km, paved: 488 km, unpaved: 2,382 km (2011).
The total length of the waterways in Belize: 825 km (navigable only by small craft) (2011).
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Facts about Belize
Name of the country: conventional long form: none, conventional short form: Belize, former: British Honduras, etymology: may be named for the Belize River, whose name possibly derives from the Maya word "belix," meaning "muddy-watered".
|Abbrevation: Belize||Geographic coordinates:
17 15 N, 88 45 W
|Location: Central America and the Caribbean|
|Capital of Belize: Belmopan||GPS of the Capital:
17 15 N 88 46 W
|Position: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico|
|Land area: total: 22,966 sq km; land: 22,806 sq km, water: 160 sq km||Terrain: flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south
||Area comparative: slightly smaller than Massachusetts|
|Population: 353,858 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 1.84% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1.04 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 1.04 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 1.03 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 0.97 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 0.89 male(s) / female, total population: 1.03 male(s) / female, (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $519.5 million (2016 estimate), $537.9 million (2015 estimate)||Imports: $895.5 million (2016 estimate), $961.3 million (2015 estimate)||Import partners: US 26.6%, Mexico 11.7%, Cuba 10.2%, Guatemala 9%, China 7.5%, Trinidad and Tobago 5.6% (2015)|
|Urbanization: urban population: 44% of total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): BELMOPAN (capital) 17,000 (2014)||Median age: total: 22.4 years; male: 22.2 years, female: 22.6 years (2016 estimate)
|Internet users: total: 144,000. Percent of population: 41.6% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 21,000. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 6 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 170,000. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 49 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 12.9% (2014 estimate)||Nationality: Belizean(s) adjective: Belizean||National holidays: Battle of St. George's Caye Day (National Day), September 10, 1798; Independence Day, 21 September (1981)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 68.7 years. Male: 67.2 years, female: 70.4 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 2.9 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 24.3 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: N/A||Legal system: English common law||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: garment production, food processing, tourism, construction, oil||Industrial production growth rate: -1% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 0% (2016 estimate) 1% (2015 estimate) 4.1% (2014 estimate)|
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