Belize

According to Happy Planet Index, Belize is the 4th happiest country in the world! http://www.happyplanetindex.org/data/

Full name: Belize
Population: 324,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital: Belmopan
National Holiday: September 21 (Independance Day)
National Flower: Black Orchid
Type of State: Parliamentary Democracy
Type of Government: Representative democracy; formerly known as British Honduras; bicameral legislature with 8 members appointed to the Senate and 29 members elected to the House of Representatives for 5-year terms.
Head of State:
(Queen Elizabeth II) Gov. Gen. Colville Norbert Young
Head of Government: Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow
Area: 22,965 sq km (8,867 sq miles); land: 22,806 sq km; water: 160 sq km
Location: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico                                                                                                      Terrain: flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south
Climate: tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May)
Natural Hazards: frequent, devastating hurricanes (June to November) and coastal flooding (especially in south)
Major languages: English (official), Spanish, Belizean Creole, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib)
Major religion: Christianity                                                                                            Currency: 1 CAN$ = 1.9 Belize $ (BZD)(2013)                                       Economy: Belize is struggling with a large national debt. Tourism and service industries have overtaken agriculture and fishing as key earners                                                                                                                                Main exports: Sugar, bananas, citrus fruits, oil, clothing, fish products, molasses, wood

 

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Living in the heart of Belize. Monika moves to Belize City.

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