Belize. The hope of a definitive solution to the old border dispute with Guatemala increased in February after a meeting of representatives of the two countries in Washington, organized by the American cooperation organization OAS. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Belize include Independence Day (September 21) and New Year (January 1). The new agreement included to include a maritime law expert and government officials from Honduras, who are neighbors to both countries, to participate in the final negotiations on the 12,000 km 2 large area of Belize that Guatemala is claiming historically.
The region of Belize has belonged to the great Mayan kingdom, but after its conquest by the Spaniards, it gradually became a base for British pirates. Interestingly, a few pirates had a “permit” issued by the Queen’s Book of England to rob Spanish ships sailing in a cargo of value. The English consolidated their position in the area and it became the Crown Colony, or British Honduras. The region gained internal self-government in Belize name and independence only in 1981. As the only Central American country there, English is spoken as the main language. Hurricanes devastated the old capital so badly that in 1970 the more inland Belmopan was declared the new capital.
- According to abbreviationfinder, BZ is the abbreviation code for Belize.
The country is relaxed and stress-free in the Caribbean. The former capital of Belize City is a dilapidated but very colorful city. On the beautiful beaches of Caye Caulker, mangrove trees and coconut palms provide shade in the scorching sun. There are also some of the most exciting dive sites in the world.
Area: 23,300 km²
Population: 399,598 (estimate 7/2020)
Population: 11% Mayans, 6% Garifunas
Language: English, Creole
Main products: Sugar, bananas, fish products
Form of government: Parliamentary democracy