Category:   World Travel Directory  :  North America  :  Belize
Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Although once part of the Maya Empire, Belize has never been part of the Spanish Empire. Belize was affiliated with the British Empire prior to gaining its independence in 1981. The country is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the west by Guatemala, and to the east and south-east by the Caribbean.

Belize is still part of the Commonwealth and Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom remains Head of State.

Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. It is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Kriol and Spanish are also widely spoken. With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.), the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world.

Belize is the least populous non-island nation outside of Europe. The country's population growth rate, 2.21% (2008 est.), is the highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere. Culturally, Belize considers itself to be both Caribbean and Central American.  Source

Belize Facts

Population: 320 thousand

Capital: Belmopan

Currency: Belize dollar

Area: 22,966 km2

Language: English

Main Religion
: Christian

Calling Code
: +501

Time Zone: GMT - 6

Main Cities: Belize City, San Ignacio, Orange Walk, Belmopan, Dangriga, Corozal, San Pedro, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Punta Gorda, Valley of Peace