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only country in Central America without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean
Belize history
Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Guatemala and Belize plan to hold a simultaneous referendum, set for 6 October 2013, to determine if this dispute will go before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.
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Conventional long form: none
Conventional short form: Belize
Formerly known as: British Honduras
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Belize's capital city is Belmopan
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Belize Constitution:

21 September 1981
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Belize population growth rate: 2.011%
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Belize highest point: Doyle's Delight 1,160 m
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Belize lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
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About 3% of Belize's land is arable.
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Belize River is the Longest River in Belize
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Belize birth rate is 26 births/1,000 population
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Belize infant mortality rate is 21 deaths/1,000 live births
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Belize fertility rate is 3.08 children born/woman
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Belize climate:
very hot and humid;
rainy season (May to November);
dry season (February to May)
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Top 10 cities of Belize with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Belize City: 67,964
2. San Ignacio: 17,884
3. Belmopan: 14,606
4. San Pedro Town: 13,381
5. Orange Walk Town: 13,368
6. Corozal Town: 10,271
7. Dangriga: 9,192
8. Benque Viejo del Carmen: 6,008
9. Punta Gorda: 5,388
10. Ladyville: 5,074
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Belize ethnic groups:

mestizo - 48.7%
Creole - 24.9%
Maya - 10.6%
Garifuna - 6.1%
other - 9.7%
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Belize Exports:

fish products
crude oil
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Belize Imports:

machinery and transport equipment
manufactured goods
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bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate (12 seats; members appointed by the governor general - 6 on the advice of the prime minister, 3 on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and 1 each on the advice of the Belize Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belize Better Business Bureau, and the National Trade Union Congress and the Civil Society Steering Committee; to serve five-year terms) and the House of Representatives (31 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Administrative Divisions:
6 districts
1. Belize
2. Cayo
3. Corozal
4. Orange Walk
5. Stann Creek
6. Toledo
Political parties and leaders:
National Alliance for Belizean Rights (NABR)

National Reform Party (NRP) - Cornelius DUECK

People's National Party (PNP) - Wil MAHEIA

People's United Party (PUP) - John BRICENO

United Democratic Party (UDP) - Dean BARROW

Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) - Paul MORGAN

We the People Reform Movement (WTP) - Hipolito BAUTISTA