Belize, the former British Honduras, borders the Caribbean Sea between Guatemala and
Mexico. Its total area is 22,960 square kilometres.
208,949 (July, 1994 estimate)
English (official), Spanish, Maya, Garifuna (Carib)
The Belizean government is a parliamentary democracy.
The Belizean legal system is based on English law.
Belize has an above-average telecommunication system based on microwave
radio relay. It has one Atlantic Ocean INTELSAT earth station.
The economy is based primarily on agriculture, agro-based industry and merchandising,
with tourism and construction assuming increasing importance. Agriculture accounts
for about 30% of GDP and provides 75% of export earnings, while sugar, the chief crop,
accounts for almost 40% of hard currency earnings. The United States, Belize's main
trading partner, is assisting in efforts to reduce dependency on sugar with an
agricultural diversification program.
Belize's main industries are garment production, citrus concentrates, sugar refining,
rum, beverages and tourism.
1 Belizean dollar (Bz$) = 100 cents
Belizean dollars (Bz$) per US$1 - 2.00 (fixed rate)
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