Belize (Independence on 21 September 1981, Britain granted)
Catholics 70%, Anglican 11.2%, Protestants also
English is the official language of Belize.
The other languages are Spanish (second language), Garifuna (mainly in south area), Maya, and Creole.
Belize is 6 hours behind Britain.
The shield of the Coat of Arms is divided into three sections by a vertical line and an inverted V. The base section represents a ship in full sail on waves of the sea. The two upper sections show tools of the timber industry in Belize: a paddle and a squaring axe in the right section and a saw and a beating axe in the left section. A wreath of leaves encircle the Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms embodies an important aspect of the history of Belize, as the mahogany industry formed the basis of our economy in the 18th and 19th centuries. NATIONAL MOTTO: “Sub Umbra Floreo” – These Latin words mean, “Under the Shade I Flourish.
Land of Free
Belize has a small, essentially private enterprise economy that is based primarily on agriculture, tourism, and services. Besides petroleum, Belize’s other primary exports are citrus, sugar, and bananas.
Animal: Tapir Bird: Toucan Tree: Mahogany Flower: Black Orchid
Shops in Belize typically open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, sometimes with a one-hour closure for lunch from noon to 1pm or from 1pm to 2pm. Businesses dealing with the public, such as travel agencies and airline offices, have similar hours but are likely to be closed on Saturday afternoon.
The standard service voltage is 110 and /or 220 volt, 60 cycles.