Official Name: Belize
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
and Major City & Towns: (Capital) Belmopan City ; (City)
Belize City, (Towns) San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Corozal, Orange Walk,
Dangriga, Punta Gorda, San Pedro and Benque Viejo del Carmen
Climate: Subtropical (dry and wet season)
Rainfall: Annual rainfall ranges from 60 inches in the North to 200 inches
in the South
Language: English. Spanish is also widely spoken. There are
also a number of indigenous languages e.g. Creole, Garifuna, Maya
Population: 282,600 - (2004 mid-year estimates)
of Population: 31.9 - (2004)
Force: 102,437 - (2003 LFS Survey)
Rate: 76.5 - (2000)
Area: 22,923 km. sq. or 8,867 sq. miles
of Government: Democratic - Bicameral Legislature
of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Governor-General: Sir Colville N. Young Sr.
of Government: Prime Minister, Hon. Dean O. Barrow
Party: United Democratic Party (UDP) 2008 - 2013
Election: By August 2013
Day: September 21, 1981.
Currency: Belize dollar (Bz$)
zone: EST -1; GMT - 6
Codes: Belize City (22), Belmopan (82), Orange Walk (32), Cayo
(82), Dangriga (52), Punta Gorda (72), San Pedro (22),
Caye Caulker (22), Placencia (52)
Ports: Belize City, Big Creek and Dangriga.
International Airport: Phillip S. W. Goldson International,
8 miles WNW of Belize City.
Requirements: A valid passport is required of all visitors.
Citizens of the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, the
European Union and the USA are not required to have a visa, provided
they have a return or round trip ticket.
Tax: Passengers who are nationals over 12 years pay US$11.25
and US$15.00 for non-nationals.
Hours: Government working hours: 8:00 am - Noon, 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
(4:30 on Fridays) Banking: Mon. to Thur 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Religions: Predominantly Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Protestants. Small
groups practise Islam, Buddhist, Hinduism and Bahai
Domestic Product: US$673.5mn (1999)
Capita GDP: US$2,771.6 (1999)
Products: Citrus, bananas, sugar, marine products, rice, red
kidney beans, beef, pork, poultry, honey, garment, aerated beverages,
alcoholic beverages, wheat flour, cigarettes.
Trade: Exports - US$166mn (1999); Imports - US$370mn(1999)
Exports: Citrus, bananas, sugar, marine products, garments,
Imports: Machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods,
food and beverages, construction materials, fuel, and lubricants.
Trading Partners: The United States of America, United Kingdom,
CARICOM, Guatemala, Mexico and Canada
Fuels: Lubricants and gas; all imported
Cost: US$0.19/Kwh. After the second phase of the Mollejon hydro
project is completed, the electricity rate will decrease
Power: Belize Electricity Limited; Voltage 110 Volts, Optional
220 Volts; Cost of Kwh: Bz$ 0.38(US$0.19). Type of Generating: Diesel.
Continuity: 90% - 95%. Industrial Rate is available.
Telecommunications: All automatic systems: Direct dialing with major countries in the
world. Telexes, faxes, cellular, email and internet are also readily
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