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Belize

Motto: "Sub Umbra Floreo" (Latin)
"Under the shade I flourish"
Anthem: "Land of the Free"
Location of Belize (dark green) in the Americas
Location of Belize (dark green)

in the Americas

CapitalBelmopan
17°15′N 88°46′W / 17.250°N 88.767°W / 17.250; -88.767
Largest cityBelize City
Official languagesEnglish
Recognized languages
Ethnic groups
(2010)[1][2][a]
Religion
(2010[1][2])
Demonym(s)Belizean
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
Froyla Tzalam
Johnny Briceño
LegislatureNational Assembly
Senate
House of Representatives
Independence 
January 1964
• Independence
21 September 1981
Area
• Total
22,966 km2 (8,867 sq mi)[3][4] (147th)
• Water (%)
0.8
Population
• 2020 estimate
419,199[5] (176th)
• 2010 census
324,528[6]
• Density
17.79/km2 (46.1/sq mi) (169th)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$3.484 billion[7]
• Per capita
$9,576[7]
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$1.987 billion[7]
• Per capita
$4,890[7]
Gini (2013)53.1[8]
high
HDI (2019)Decrease 0.716[9]
high · 110th
CurrencyBelize dollar (BZD)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST (GMT-6)[10])
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+501
ISO 3166 codeBZ
Internet TLD.bz

Belize

Belize is a Caribbean country located on the northeastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. It has an area of 22,970 square kilometres (8,867 sq mi) and a population of 419,199 (2020). Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.87% per year is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.