Belize (formerly British Honduras), is a country in Central America. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages.
Although Kriol and Spanish are spoken among the population, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
It is bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the Caribbean sea to the east.
Official Name: Belize
Population: 307,899 (July 2009 est.)
Area: 22,966 sq km
Coastline: 386 km
Religion: Roman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7.4%, Anglican 5.3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5.2%, Mennonite 4.1%, Methodist 3.5%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), other 14%, none 9.4% (2000)
Language: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole
Ethnic groups: mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7% (2000 census)
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Currency: Belizean dollar