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Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.

Languages: English 62.9% (official), Spanish 56.6%, Creole 44.6%, Maya 10.5%, German 3.2%, Garifuna 2.9%, other 1.8%, unknown 0.3%, none 0.2% (cannot speak)

Ethnic Groups: mestizo 52.9%, Creole 25.9%, Maya 11.3%, Garifuna 6.1%, East Indian 3.9%, Mennonite 3.6%, white 1.2%, Asian 1%, other 1.2%, unknown 0.3%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 40.1%, Protestant 31.5% (includes Pentecostal 8.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.4%, Anglican 4.7%, Mennonite 3.7%, Baptist 3.6%, Methodist 2.9%, Nazarene 2.8%), Jehovah's Witness 1.7%, other 10.5% (includes Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Morman, Muslim, Rastafarian), unknown 0.6%, none 15.5% (2010 est.)

Demographics:

Population: 337209 people (World Rank: 180th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 38.3 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 215th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.98 %/yr (World Rank: 61st) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 73.9 years (World Rank: 117th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 22 years (World Rank: 131st) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Belize
University of Texas Library

World Factbook

United Nations Country Profile for Belize

Belize - Wikipedia Entry

Belize - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Belize

Belize - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Belize

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Belize
All about Belize as a travel destination

Belize Official Website

John Canoe Festival
Festival embodying the local culture and art of Belize

Xunantunich Maya Site
Historical stone Mayan site in Belize

Musical Instruments of Belize
from belizeadventure.ca

Recipes from Belize
from pinterest.com

Belize Language Resources:

Study in Belize Site
Study abroad in Belize through the Toucan Education Program

Government Related:

Belizian Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Belizian Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


Local Weather Conditions


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