Belize

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Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Once part of the Mayan and Spanish Empires, it was most recently a British Crown Colony, gaining its independence in 1981. The country is bordered to the south and west by Guatemala, to the north by Mexico, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. It is the only country in Central America where English is an official language, although Spanish and Kriol are also widely spoken. With 8,867 square miles of territory and 301,270 people, the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world. The country's population growth rate, 2.21%, is the highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere.

Established
1981-09-21
Joined Commonwealth
1981
Capital City
Belmopan
Demonym
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Belizean
Country motto
"Under the Shade I Flourish"
Size
8867 square miles.
Population
307,899
Population density
Based on figures from .
13 per square kilometre. (World ranking: 202)
GDP
At purchasing power parity based on figures from 2008
$2574000000 (World ranking:180)
Human Development Index
The Human Development Index is a combined measure of life expectancy, literacy, educational attainment, and GDP per capita for countries worldwide. Figures closer to 1 indicate a greater score on the Human Development Index. The figure given below is based on figure from 2008.
0.778 (World ranking:80)
Currency Code
BZD
Country calling code
501
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