Belize: A Peaceful, Stable and Independent Country. Belize, formerly British Honduras, is located on the Caribbean coast of Central America, with Mexico to the north and Guatemala forming its western border. The whole coast line is protected by a barrier reef while the inner waters are shallow and dotted with numerous islets. As of 2002 Belize's population was 250,000 approx. Its language is English, though many residents speak Spanish.
On September 21, 1981, Belize became a fully independent nation which remains a member of the British Commonwealth. The Government is a parliamentary democracy based on the Westminister model, with a House of Representatives, Senate and Prime Minister as head of state. The laws of Belize are based on the British legal system and its Common Law tradition.
Interesting Facts About Belize
- Sunny outdoor living with moderate, tolerant tropical climate.
- Water excellent for boating, swimming, sailing and wind surfing.
- World's second longest barrier reef.
- Some of the worlds best dive locations.
- Archaeological sites and Mayan Temples.
- Abundance of natural wildlife.
- Low cost of living.
- Minimum energy/fuel requirements.
- Ease of access : airports, roads.
- Low population density.
- Communication: two principal languages, English and Spanish.
- Population: mixed Mayan, Spanish, Creole, Carib, Indian.
- Stable political climate.
- Judicial system based on British Law.
- Land ownership: fee simple title.
- No tax on capital gains. No estate duty.
- Currency: $1.00 US = $2.00 Belize.