Interesting facts about Belize
- Belize gained complete independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981. George Cadle Price was the first prime minister of independent Belize. He served from 12 September 1981 to 17 December 1984;
- The constitution of Belize provides for freedom of religion. Almost 80% of the population is Christian. Hindus, Bahais, and Buddhists are some of the minorities present in the country;
- Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Apart from English, there are many recognized regional languages: Kriol, Spanish, Garifuna, Maya, and Plautdietsch;
- Belize has a small private enterprise economy which is largely dependent on agriculture, agro-based industry and merchandising. Tourism and construction and the recent discovery of oil field have presented new prospects for the country. The estimated GDP of the country is US$1.354 billion dollars. Major trading partners are the United States of America, Mexico, Central America, and the European Union;
- The Maya are thought to have been in Belize and the Yucatán region since the second millennium BC; however, much of Belize’s original Maya population was wiped out by disease and conflicts between tribes and with Europeans. Three Maya groups now inhabit the country: The Yucatec, the Mopan, and Kek’Chi.