Facts About Belize

  • 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 Sea
  • Capital and Major Cities & Towns: (Capital) Belmopan; (City) Belize City, (Towns) Corozal, San Ignacio, 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
  • Nationality: Belizean
  • Official Language: English is the official language of the country. Spanish and a Creole dialect are widely spoken as second languages. Government documents, newspapers, television, and road and business signs are all in English.
  • Density of Population: 25 persons per square kilometer
  • Labor Force: approximately 90,000
  • Land Area: 8,867 square miles or 22,923 square kilometers
  • Form of Government: Democratic – Bicameral Legislature. Belize is a stable, British Commonwealth country with a longstanding democratic tradition and independent judiciary.
  • Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II
  • Governor-General: Sir Colville N. Young Sr.
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow
  • Independence Day: September 21, 1981
  • Time Zone: EST -1; GMT -6
  • Country Code: 501
  • Currency: Belize Dollars (BZD). Fixed at 2:1 to the US Dollar
  • 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.