+501 is the dialing code for Belize.
Belize, formerly called British Honduras, became independent in 1981. The country is located in Central America but has more in common with the island nations of the Caribbean than with the Spanish-speaking neighboring countries. English is the official language. Tourism has emerged as the largest source of income; foreign visitors are attracted by, among other things, the world’s second longest coral reef. Formal Head of State is the British Queen, represented by a Governor General.
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Geography and climate
Belize is located on the east coast of Central America and on the surface is slightly larger than Värmland. Off the coast to the Caribbean in the east are a number of islands and the longest coral reef of the western hemisphere.
Along the coast there are marshes and lagoons. The northern part of Belize is made up of plains, while the south is dominated by the Maya Mountains with peaks over 1,000 meters above sea level. Belize borders Mexico in the north and Guatemala in the west and south.
The climate is predominantly tropical with high temperature and high humidity. In the north it rains from April to May and December and in the south the rainy season is slightly longer. On the coast, the temperature is lowered by winds from the Atlantic. Between June and November, Belize is sometimes hit by hurricanes.
|Cultivated land||6.9 %|
|Land area||22966 km 2|
Population and health
|Population development||1.87 ‰|
|Urban population (Urbanization)||44 %|
|Death rate||5.97 per 1000 residents|
|Life expectancy: Women||70.25 years|
|Life expectancy: Men||67.01 years|
|Birth rate||24.68 births per 1000 residents|
|Infant mortality||19.82 deaths / 1000 births|
Population Graph Source: Countryaah.com
|Electricity, production||423 million kWh|
|Energy consumption per inhabitant||596.5 kg. oil per resident|
|Natural gas, production||million cubic meters|
|Crude oil, production||million tons|
|Internet users||26.8 per 100 residents|
|Mobile subscriptions||51 per 100 residents|
|Passenger cars||174 per 1000 residents|
Business and economics
|Unemployment||12.9% of the workforce|
|GDP||8400 per resident|
|Primary occupations||10.2 %|
|Secondary profession||18.1 %|
|Tertiary professions||71.7 %|
FACTS – GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
22,965 km2 (2018)
Swedish -7 hours
Adjacent country (s)
Capital with number of residents
Belmopan 14,500 (Sources: Allcitypopulation.com)
Other major cities
Belize City 65,000, San Ignacio / Santa Elena 17,000 (2010)
Victoria Peak (1 122 m asl)
Average Precipitation / year
1 350 mm in the north, 4,500 mm in the south
Average / day
27 °C (May – Sept), 24 °C (Nov – Jan)