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Belize
Capital:
Belmopan
Population:
272,945 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize (formerly British Honduras) until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. The country remains plagued by high unemployment, growing involvement in the South American drug trade, and increased urban crime.
Government type:
parliamentary democracy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $1.28 billion (2002 est.)
Internet users:
30,000 (2002)
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