Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country in Central America. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. Although Kriol and Spanish are also widely spoken among the populace, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. It is bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the Caribbean sea to the east. With 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 320,000 people (2008 est.), the population density is the lowest in the Central American region and one of the lowest in the world. However, the country's population growth rate, 2.21% (2008 est.), is the highest in the region and one of the highest in the western hemisphere. Culturally, Belize considers itself to be both Caribbean and Central American.
Religion in Belize
Christianity is the religion of the majority of Belizeans, 80% of the people of Belize are Christians. Roman Catholicism is the most popular Christian denomination, followed by 49.5% of the population, while 29% follow Protestantism. There are some ten thousand Mennonites in Belize, comprising 4.1% of the population. Hinduism is chiefly practiced by the 3% of the population who can trace their ancestors to India, whereas Islam is mainly followed by immigrants from the Middle East, with some local converts. About 0.35% of the people of Belize are Buddhists.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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