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English Dictionary: Belize by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a country on the northeastern coast of Central America on the Caribbean; formerly under British control
    Synonym(s): Belize, British Honduras
From The CIA World Factbook (1995) [world95]:
   Location: Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between
   Guatemala and Mexico
   Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
   total area: 22,960 sq km
   land area: 22,800 sq km
   comparative area: slightly larger than Massachusetts
   Land boundaries: total 516 km, Guatemala 266 km, Mexico 250 km
   Coastline: 386 km
   Maritime claims:
   exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
   territorial sea: 12 nm in the north, 3 nm in the south; note - from
   the mouth of the Sarstoon River to Ranguana Cay, Belize's territorial
   sea is 3 miles; according to Belize's Maritime Areas Act, 1992, the
   purpose of this limitation is to provide a framework for the
   negotiation of a definitive agreement on territorial differences with
   International disputes: border with Guatemala in dispute; talks to
   resolve the dispute are stalled
   Climate: tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to February)
   Terrain: flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south
   Natural resources: arable land potential, timber, fish
   Land use:
   arable land: 2%
   permanent crops: 0%
   meadows and pastures: 2%
   forest and woodland: 44%
   other: 52%
   Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1989 est.)
   current issues: deforestation; water pollution from sewage, industrial
   effluents, agricultural runoff
   natural hazards: frequent, devastating hurricanes (September to
   December) and coastal flooding (especially in south)
   international agreements: party to - Biodiversity, Climate Change,
   Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping
   Note: national capital moved 80 km inland from Belize City to Belmopan
   because of hurricanes; only country in Central America without a
   coastline on the North Pacific Ocean
   Population: 214,061 (July 1995 est.)
   Age structure:
   0-14 years: 44% (female 45,812; male 47,618)
   15-64 years: 53% (female 55,630; male 57,230)
   65 years and over: 3% (female 3,970; male 3,801) (July 1995 est.)
   Population growth rate: 2.42% (1995 est.)
   Birth rate: 33.71 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)
   Death rate: 5.86 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)
   Net migration rate: -3.7 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)
   Infant mortality rate: 34.7 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)
   Life expectancy at birth:
   total population: 68.32 years
   male: 66.37 years
   female: 70.36 years (1995 est.)
   Total fertility rate: 4.25 children born/woman (1995 est.)
   noun: Belizean(s)
   adjective: Belizean
   Ethnic divisions: mestizo 44%, Creole 30%, Maya 11%, Garifuna 7%,
   other 8%
   Religions: Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 30% (Anglican 12%, Methodist
   6%, Mennonite 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Pentecostal 2%, Jehovah's
   Witnesses 1%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6% (1980)
   Languages: English (official), Spanish, Maya, Garifuna (Carib)
   Literacy: age 15 and over has ever attended school (1970)
   total population: 91%
   male: 91%
   female: 91%
   Labor force: 51,500
   by occupation: agriculture 30%, services 16%, government 15.4%,
   commerce 11.2%, manufacturing 10.3%
   note: shortage of skilled labor and all types of technical personnel
   conventional long form: none
   conventional short form: Belize
   former: British Honduras
   Digraph: BH
   Type: parliamentary democracy
   Capital: Belmopan
   Administrative divisions: 6 districts; Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange
   Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo
   Independence: 21 September 1981 (from UK)
   National holiday: Independence Day, 21 September (1981)
   Constitution: 21 September 1981
   Legal system: English law
   Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
   Executive branch:
   chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952),
   represented by Governor General Sir Colville YOUNG (since 17 November
   head of government: Prime Minister Manuel ESQUIVEL (since July 1993);
   Deputy Prime Minister Dean BARROW (since NA 1993)
   cabinet: Cabinet; appointed by the governor general on advice from the
   prime minister
   Legislative branch: bicameral National Assembly
   Senate: consists of an 8-member appointed body; 5 members are
   appointed on the advice of the prime minister, 2 on the advice of the
   leader of the opposition, and 1 after consultation with the Belize
   Advisory Council (this council serves as an independent body to advise
   the governor-general with respect to difficult decisions such as
   granting pardons, commutations, stays of execution, the removal of
   justices of appeal who appear to be incompetent, etc.)
   National Assembly: elections last held 30 June 1993 (next to be held
   June 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (28 total)
   PUP 13 UDP 15
   Judicial branch: Supreme Court
   Political parties and leaders: People's United Party (PUP), George
   PRICE, Florencio MARIN, Said MUSA; United Democratic Party (UDP),
   Manuel ESQUIVEL, Dean LINDO, Dean BARROW; National Alliance for
   Belizean Rights, Philip GOLDSON
   Other political or pressure groups: Society for the Promotion of
   Education and Research (SPEAR), Assad SHOMAN; United Workers Front,
   leader NA
   (nonsignatory user), INTERPOL, IOC, IOM (observer), ITU, LAES, NAM,
   Diplomatic representation in US:
   chief of mission: Ambassador Dean R. LINDO
   chancery: 2535 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
   telephone: [1] (202) 332-9636
   FAX: [1] (202) 332-6888
   consulate(s) general: Los Angeles
   consulate(s): New York
   US diplomatic representation:
   chief of mission: Ambassador George Charles BRUNO
   embassy: Gabourel Lane and Hutson Street, Belize City
   mailing address: P. O. Box 286, Belize City; APO: Unit 7401, APO AA
   telephone: [501] (2) 77161 through 77163
   FAX: [501] (2) 30802
   Flag: blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the bottom
   edges; centered is a large white disk bearing the coat of arms; the
   coat of arms features a shield flanked by two workers in front of a
   mahogany tree with the related motto SUB UMBRA FLOREO (I Flourish in
   the Shade) on a scroll at the bottom, all encircled by a green garland
   Overview: The small, essentially private enterprise 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 US, Belize's main trading partner, is assisting in
   efforts to reduce dependency on sugar with an agricultural
   diversification program.
   National product: GDP - purchasing power parity - $575 million (1994
   National product real growth rate: 2% (1994 est.)
   National product per capita: $2,750 (1994 est.)
   Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.5% (1991)
   Unemployment rate: 10% (1993 est.)
   revenues: $126.8 million
   expenditures: $123.1 million, including capital expenditures of $44.8
   million (FY90/91 est.)
   Exports: $115 million (f.o.b., 1993)
   commodities: sugar, citrus fruits, bananas, clothing, fish products,
   molasses, wood
   partners: US 51%, UK, other EC (1992)
   Imports: $281 million (c.i.f., 1993)
   commodities: machinery and transportation equipment, food,
   manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals
   partners: US 57%, UK 8%, other EC 7%, Mexico (1992)
   External debt: $158 million (1992)
   Industrial production: growth rate 3.7% (1990); accounts for 12% of
   capacity: 34,532 kW
   production: 110 million kWh
   consumption per capita: 490 kWh (1993)
   Industries: garment production, food processing, tourism, construction
   Agriculture: commercial crops: bananas, coca, citrus fruits, fish,
   cultured shrimp, lumber
   Illicit drugs: transshipment point for cocaine; an illicit producer of
   cannabis for the international drug trade; minor money-laundering
   Economic aid:
   recipient: US commitments, including Ex-Im (FY70-89), $104 million;
   Western (non-US) countries, ODA and OOF bilateral commitments
   (1970-89), $215 million
   Currency: 1 Belizean dollar (Bz$) = 100 cents
   Exchange rates: Belizean dollars (Bz$) per US$1 - 2.00 (fixed rate)
   Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
   Railroads: 0 km
   total: 2,710 km
   paved: 500 km
   unpaved: gravel 1,600 km; improved earth 300 km; unimproved earth 310
   Inland waterways: 825 km river network used by shallow-draft craft;
   seasonally navigable
   Ports: Belize City, Big Creek, Corozol, Punta Gorda
   Merchant marine:
   total: 41 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 170,002 GRT/270,893 DWT
   ships by type: bulk 5, cargo 25, container 4, oil tanker 2,
   refrigerated cargo 1, roll-on/roll-off cargo 3, vehicle carrier 1
   total: 46
   with paved runways 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
   with paved runways under 914 m: 35
   with unpaved runways 2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
   with unpaved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 9
   Telephone system: 8,650 telephones; above-average system based on
   microwave radio relay
   local: NA
   intercity: microwave radio relay
   international: 1 INTELSAT (Atlantic Ocean) earth station
   broadcast stations: AM 6, FM 5, shortwave 1
   radios: NA
   broadcast stations: 1
   televisions: NA
   Belize:Defense Forces
   Branches: Belize Defense Force (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, and
   Volunteer Guard), Belize National Police
   Manpower availability: males age 15-49 50,499; males fit for military
   service 30,040; males reach military age (18) annually 2,285 (1995
   Defense expenditures: exchange rate conversion - $11 million, 2.2% of
   GDP (FY93/94)
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