Imports$773.9 million (2011 est.)
Exports$603.3 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)1.8% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate13.1% (2009)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$8,400 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate1.5% (2010 est.)
Internet users36,000 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular194,200 (2009)
Population growth rate2.011% (2012 est.)
Population327,719 (July 2012 est.)
Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.
The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854....
Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy, followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments.
The government's expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, initiated in September 1998, led to GDP growth averaging nearly 4% in 1999-2007.
Oil discoveries in 2006 bolstered this growth....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2016-17 The prime minister, Dean Barrow of the centre-right United Democratic Party, is serving a third and final consecutive term with a firm legislative majority, following a snap general ...