ABOUT BELIZE Official Name: Belize For much more on Belize check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Want to take the next step? Find out Why Belize is the place for you. See our own pictures as taken from our trip in April. ___________________________________________________________________ Based in Lancaster, PA. Selling Worldwide! - Contact Us: (866)980-8700 Belize Real Estate - Placencia Real Estate - Ara Macao Condos for sale Let us help you buy or sell your condos for sale in Placencia, Belize Content & All photography is © VkDesigns LLC - Castellum Realty LLC. 2005-2009
Population (2008 est.): 301,022 (growth rate: 2.2%); birth rate: 27.8/1000; infant mortality rate: 23.7/1000; life expectancy: 68.1; density per sq mi: 13 - 25 persons per square kilometer
Labor Force: approximately 90,000
Land Area: 22,923 square kilometers or 8,867 square miles
Total area: 8,867 sq mi (22,966 sq km)
Form of Government: Democratic - Bicameral Legislature
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Governor-General: Sir Colville N. Young Sr.
Head of Government: Prime Minister, Hon. Said W. Musa
Major International Airport: Phillip S W Goldson International, 8 miles WNW of Belize City.
Business Hours: Usual business hours are 8:00 am - Noon, 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
Location: East Coast of Central America, bounded on the North by Mexico, on the South and West by Guatemala, and on the East by the Caribbean Sea
Capital and Major Cities & Towns: (Capital) Belmopan; (City) Belize City, (Towns) San Ignacio, Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, San Pedro and Benque Viejo del Carmen
Climate: Subtropical (dry and rainy season)
Rainfall: Annual rainfall ranges from 60 inches in the North to 200 inches in the South
Official Language: English is the official language of the country.
Spanish and a Creole dialect are widely spoken as second languages. There are also a number of indigenous languages e.g. Creole, Garifuna, Mopan and Kechi.
Independence Day: September 21, 1981
Time Zone: EST -1; GMT -6
Country Code: 501
Communications: < Telephones: main lines in use: 33,300 (2003); mobile cellular: 60,400 (2003).
Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 12, shortwave 0 (1998).
Television broadcast stations: 2 (1997).
Internet hosts: 2,613 (2003).
Internet users: 30,000 (2002).
Transportation: Railways: 0 km.
Highways: total: 2,872 km; paved: 488 km; unpaved: 2,384 km (1999 est.).
Waterways: 825 km (navigable only by small craft) (2004).
Ports and harbors: Belize City.
Airports: 43 (2004 est.).
Literacy rate: 94% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $1.778 billion; per capita $6,800.
Real growth rate: 3.8%.
Unemployment: 12.9% (2003).
Arable land: 3.05%.
Agriculture: bananas, coca, citrus, sugar; fish, cultured shrimp; lumber; garments.
Labor force: 90,000; note: shortage of skilled labor and all types of technical personnel; agriculture 27%, industry 18%, services 55% (2001 est.).
Industries: garment production, food processing, tourism, construction.
Natural resources: arable land potential, timber, fish, hydropower.
Exports: $349.9 million f.o.b. (2005 est.): sugar, bananas, citrus, clothing, fish products, molasses, wood.
Imports: $622.4 million f.o.b. (2005 est.): machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods; fuels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; food, beverages, tobacco.
Major trading partners: U.S., UK, Jamaica , Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, China, Japan (2004).
Ethnicity/race: mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7%
Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7%, Anglican 5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Mennonite 4%, Methodist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%), none 9%, other 14% (2000)
>>Belize boasts the largest coral reef formations in the Western hemisphere
>>Belize is an English speaking British Commonwealth country
>>Belize has a longstanding democratic tradition and independent judiciary.
>>There is a fixed exchange rate. US$1=BZ$2.
>>Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America.
>>Belize protects 60% of its tropical forests with over 500 species of birds.
>>Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world.
>>Belize was once a center of the ancient Mayan world.
>>The Belize Government offers retirement advantages.
Belize: the place to be right now!
Situated on the western edge of the Caribbean Sea only two hours by air from the United States, the Central American nation of Belize offers a rich mixture of spectacular natural beauty, Mayan heritage and European influences.
Once known primarily among an international coterie of scuba divers and eco-adventurers, Belize is quietly becoming a hot spot. Renowned film director Francis Ford Coppola has created two upscale resorts in Belize and both Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio own property in the country.
Belize encompasses an amazing array of settings — from mountain ranges and tropical rainforests to white sand beaches and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The country’s moderate climate, abundant sunshine and genuinely friendly people make it a pleasure to visit year-round.
Reflecting its historical connection to Britain, English is the national language and the Belize dollar is fixed at a 2:1 ratio to the U.S. dollar. Unlike Mexico and other Caribbean nations, Belize permits U.S. citizens to own coastal land with title guaranteed by the government.
Belize is both reassuringly familiar and surprisingly new. The relaxed atmosphere and unspoiled surroundings recall simpler times, yet the modern conveniences remind you that this is a country prepared to realize its brilliant potential.
Official Name: Belize
For much more on Belize check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Want to take the next step? Find out Why Belize is the place for you.
See our own pictures as taken from our trip in April.
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