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Country (long form) none
Capital Belmopan
Total Area 8,864.91 sq mi
22,960.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Massachusetts)
Population 256,062 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 594,229
Languages English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole
Literacy 70.3% total, 70.3% male, 70.3% female (1991 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 30% (Anglican 12%, Methodist 6%, Mennonite 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Pentecostal 2%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6% (1980)
Life Expectancy 68.91 male, 73.57 female (2001 est.)
Government Type parliamentary democracy
Currency 1 Belizean dollar (Bz$) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $3,200 (2000 est.)
Industry garment production, food processing, tourism, construction
Agriculture bananas, coca, citrus, sugarcane; lumber; fish, cultured shrimp
Arable Land 10%
Natural Resources arable land potential, timber, fish, hydropower
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Geography of Belize

Belize, a country in Central America, formerly called British Honduras. It faces the Caribbean Sea and is bordered by Mexico and Guatemala.

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History of Belize

Archeological evidence indicates that Belize was inhabited by prehistoric peoples sometime between 11,000 and 8,000 years ago.