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commodities - food, petroleum and other energy, nonfood consumer
goods, semiprocessed goods, and capital equipment;

partners - Western Europe 18%, Japan 14%, Middle East 9%, US 8%


_#_External debt: $10.9 billion (FY90 est.)


_#_Industrial production: growth rate 4.1% (FY90 est.); accounts
for 15% of GDP


_#_Electricity: 1,990,000 kW capacity; 5,700 million kWh produced,
50 kWh per capita (1990)


_#_Industries: jute manufacturing, base metals, food processing,
cotton textiles, tobacco processing, chemicals


_#_Agriculture: accounts for about 40% of GDP, 60% of
employment, and one third of exports; imports 10% of food grain
requirements; world's largest exporter of jute; commercial
products - jute, rice, wheat, tea, sugarcane, potatoes, beef, milk,
poultry; shortages include wheat, vegetable oils and cotton; fish catch
778,000 metric tons in 1986


_#_Economic aid: US commitments, including Ex-Im (FY70-89), $3.4
billion; Western (non-US) countries, ODA and OOF bilateral commitments
(1980-88), $10.6 billion; OPEC bilateral aid (1979-89), $652 million;
Communist countries (1970-89), $1.5 billion


_#_Currency: taka (plural - taka); 1 taka (Tk) = 100 paise


_#_Exchange rates: taka (Tk) per US$1 - 35.790 (January 1991), 34.567
(1990), 32.270 (1989), 31.733 (1988), 30.950 (1987), 30.407 (1986),
27.995 (1985)


_#_Fiscal year: 1 July-30 June


_*_Communications
_#_Railroads: 2,892 km total (1986); 1,914 km 1.000 meter gauge,
978 km 1.676 meter broad gauge


_#_Highways: 7,240 km total (1985); 3,840 km paved, 3,400 km unpaved


_#_Inland waterways: 5,150-8,046 km navigable waterways (includes
2,575-3,058 km main cargo routes)


_#_Ports: Chittagong, Chalna


_#_Merchant marine: 47 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling
339,081 GRT/500,008 DWT; includes 38 cargo, 2 petroleum, oils, and
lubricants (POL) tanker, 3 refrigerated cargo, 1 roll-on/roll-off, 3 bulk


_#_Pipelines: 1,220 km natural gas


_#_Civil air: 15 major transport aircraft


_#_Airports: 16 total, 12 usable; 12 with permanent-surface runways;
none with runways over 3,659 m; 4 with runways 2,440-3,659 m; 6 with
runways 1,220-2,439 m


_#_Telecommunications: adequate international radio communications and
landline service; fair domestic wire and microwave service; fair
broadcast service; 241,250 telephones; stations - 9 AM, 6 FM, 11 TV;
2 Indian Ocean INTELSAT satellite earth stations


_*_Defense Forces
_#_Branches: Army, Navy, Air Force; paramilitary forces - Bangladesh
Rifles, Bangladesh Ansars, Armed Police Reserve, Coastal Police


_#_Manpower availability: males 15-49, 28,896,632; 17,154,593 fit for
military service


_#_Defense expenditures: $319 million, 1.5% of GDP (FY91)
_%_
[email protected]_Barbados
_*_Geography
_#_Total area: 430 km2; land area: 430 km2


_#_Comparative area: slightly less than 2.5 times the size of
Washington, DC


_#_Land boundaries: none


_#_Coastline: 97 km


_#_Maritime claims:

Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm;

Territorial sea: 12 nm


_#_Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to October)


_#_Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region


_#_Natural resources: crude oil, fishing, natural gas


_#_Land use: arable land 77%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and
pastures 9%; forest and woodland 0%; other 14%


_#_Environment: subject to hurricanes (especially June to October)


_#_Note: easternmost Caribbean island


_*_People
_#_Population: 254,626 (July 1991), growth rate 0.1% (1991)


_#_Birth rate: 16 births/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Death rate: 9 deaths/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Net migration rate: - 6 migrants/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Infant mortality rate: 23 deaths/1,000 live births (1991)


_#_Life expectancy at birth: 70 years male, 76 years female (1991)


_#_Total fertility rate: 1.8 children born/woman (1991)


_#_Nationality: noun - Barbadian(s); adjective - Barbadian


_#_Ethnic divisions: African 80%, mixed 16%, European 4%


_#_Religion: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist
7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%; none 17%, unknown 3%, other 9%
(1980)


_#_Language: English


_#_Literacy: 99% (male 99%, female 99%) age 15 and over having ever
attended school (1970)


_#_Labor force: 112,300; services and government 37%; commerce 22%;
manufacturing and construction 22%; transportation, storage,
communications, and financial institutions 9%; agriculture 8%; utilities
2% (1985 est.)


_#_Organized labor: 32% of labor force


_*_Government
_#_Long-form name: none


_#_Type: parliamentary democracy


_#_Capital: Bridgetown


_#_Administrative divisions: 11 parishes; Christ Church, Saint Andrew,
Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy,
Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip, Saint Thomas; note - there may
be a new city of Bridgetown


_#_Independence: 30 November 1966 (from UK)


_#_Constitution: 30 November 1966


_#_Legal system: English common law; no judicial review of
legislative acts


_#_National holiday: Independence Day, 30 November (1966)


_#_Executive branch: British monarch, governor general, prime
minister, deputy prime minister, Cabinet


_#_Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of an upper
house or Senate and a lower house or House of Assembly


_#_Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Judicature


_#_Leaders:

Chief of State - Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952),
represented by Governor General Sir Hugh SPRINGER (since 24 February
1984);

Head of Government - Prime Minister Lloyd Erskine SANDIFORD (since
2 June 1987)


_#_Political parties and leaders:
Democratic Labor Party (DLP), Erskine SANDIFORD;
Barbados Labor Party (BLP), Henry FORDE;
National Democratic Party (NDP), Richie HAYNES


_#_Suffrage: universal at age 18


_#_Elections:

House of Assembly - last held 22 January 1991 (next to be held by
January 1996);
results - DLP 49.8%;
seats - (28 total) DLP 18, BLP 10


_#_Communists: negligible


_#_Other political or pressure groups: Industrial and General Workers
Union, Sir Frank WALCOTT; People's Progressive Movement, Eric SEALY;
Workers' Party of Barbados, Dr. George BELLE


_#_Member of: ACP, C, CARICOM, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, GATT, IADB,
IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC,
ISO (correspondent), ITU, LAES, LORCS, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD,
UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO


_#_Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Sir William DOUGLAS; Chancery
at 2144 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 939-9200
through 9202; there is a Barbadian Consulate General in New York and a
Consulate in Los Angeles;

US - Ambassador G. Philip HUGHES; Embassy at Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce Building, Broad Street, Bridgetown (mailing
address is P. O. Box 302, Bridgetown or FPO Miami 34054); telephone (809)
436-4950 through 4957


_#_Flag: three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, and
blue with the head of a black trident centered on the gold band; the
trident head represents independence and a break with the past (the
colonial coat of arms contained a complete trident)


_*_Economy
_#_Overview: A per capita income of $6,500 gives Barbados one of
the highest standards of living of all the small island states of the
eastern Caribbean. Historically, the economy was based on the cultivation
of sugarcane and related activities. In recent years, however, the
economy has diversified into manufacturing and tourism. The tourist
industry is now a major employer of the labor force and a primary source
of foreign exchange. An unemployment rate of 18% remains one of the most
serious economic problems facing the country.


_#_GDP: $1.7 billion, per capita $6,500; real growth rate
3.6% (1989 est.)


_#_Inflation rate (consumer prices): 6.2% (1989)


_#_Unemployment: 18% (1990)


_#_Budget: revenues $501 million; expenditures $484 million,
including capital expenditures of $113 million (FY91)


_#_Exports: $165 million (f.o.b., 1990 est.);

commodities - sugar and molasses, chemicals, electrical components,
clothing, rum, machinery and transport equipment;

partners: CARICOM 30%, US 20%, UK 20%


_#_Imports: $701 million (c.i.f., 1990 est.);

commodities - foodstuffs, consumer durables, raw materials,
machinery, crude oil, construction materials, chemicals;

partners - US 35%, CARICOM 13%, UK 12%, Japan 6%, Canada 8%,
Venezuela 4%


_#_External debt: $550 million (June 1990 est.)


_#_Industrial production: growth rate - 1.5% (1989); accounts
for 14 % of GDP


_#_Electricity: 132,000 kW capacity; 494 million kWh produced, 1,880
kWh per capita (1990)


_#_Industries: tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly
for export


_#_Agriculture: accounts for 10% of GDP; major cash crop is sugarcane;
other crops - vegetables and cotton; not self-sufficient in food


_#_Economic aid: US commitments, including Ex-Im (FY70-89), $15
million; Western (non-US) countries, ODA and OOF bilateral commitments
(1970-88), $169 million


_#_Currency: Barbadian dollars (plural - dollars); 1 Barbadian dollar
(Bds$) = 100 cents


_#_Exchange rates: Barbadian dollars (Bds$) per US$1 - 2.0113 (fixed
rate)


_#_Fiscal year: 1 April-31 March


_*_Communications
_#_Highways: 1,570 km total; 1,475 km paved, 95 km gravel and earth


_#_Ports: Bridgetown


_#_Merchant marine: 2 cargo ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 3,200
GRT/7,338 DWT


_#_Civil air: 2 major transport aircraft


_#_Airports: 1 with permanent-surface runways 2,440-3,659 m


_#_Telecommunications: islandwide automatic telephone system with
89,000 telephones; tropospheric scatter link to Trinidad and Saint Lucia;
stations - 3 AM, 2 FM, 2 (1 is pay) TV; 1 Atlantic Ocean INTELSAT earth
station


_*_Defense Forces
_#_Branches: Royal Barbados Defense Force, Coast Guard, Royal
Barbados Police Force


_#_Manpower availability: males 15-49, 69,038; 48,455 fit for military
service, no conscription


_#_Defense expenditures: $10 million, 0.7% of GDP (1989)
_%_
[email protected]_Bassas da India
(French possession)
_*_Geography
_#_Total area: undetermined


_#_Comparative area: undetermined


_#_Land boundaries: none


_#_Coastline: 35.2 km


_#_Maritime claims:

Contiguous zone: 12 nm;

Continental shelf: 200 m (depth) or to depth of exploitation;

Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm;

Territorial sea: 12 nm


_#_Disputes: claimed by Madagascar


_#_Climate: tropical


_#_Terrain: a volcanic rock 2.4 m high


_#_Natural resources: none


_#_Land use: arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; meadows and
pastures 0%; forest and woodland 0%; other (rock) 100%


_#_Environment: surrounded by reefs; subject to periodic cyclones


_#_Note: navigational hazard since it is usually under water during
high tide; located in southern Mozambique Channel about halfway between
Africa and Madagascar


_*_People
_#_Population: uninhabited


_*_Government
_#_Long-form name: none


_#_Type: French possession administered by Commissioner of the
Republic Daniel CONSTANTIN, resident in Reunion


_*_Economy
_#_Overview: no economic activity


_*_Communications
_#_Ports: none; offshore anchorage only


_*_Defense Forces
_#_Note: defense is the responsibility of France
_%_
[email protected]_Belgium
_*_Geography
_#_Total area: 30,510 km2; land area: 30,230 km2


_#_Comparative area: slightly larger than Maryland


_#_Land boundaries: 1,385 km total; France 620 km, Germany 167 km,
Luxembourg 148 km, Netherlands 450 km


_#_Coastline: 64 km


_#_Maritime claims:

Continental shelf: not specific;

Exclusive fishing zone: equidistant line with neighbors (extends
about 68 km from coast);

Territorial sea: 12 nm


_#_Climate: temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid,
cloudy


_#_Terrain: flat coastal plains in northwest, central rolling hills,
rugged mountains of Ardennes Forest in southeast


_#_Natural resources: coal, natural gas


_#_Land use: arable land 24%; permanent crops 1%; meadows and
pastures 20%; forest and woodland 21%; other 34%, includes irrigated
NEGL%


_#_Environment: air and water pollution


_#_Note: majority of West European capitals within 1,000 km of
Brussels; crossroads of Western Europe; Brussels is the seat of the EC


_*_People
_#_Population: 9,921,910 (July 1991), growth rate 0.1% (1991)


_#_Birth rate: 12 births/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Death rate: 11 deaths/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Net migration rate: 0 migrants/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Infant mortality rate: 6 deaths/1,000 live births (1991)


_#_Life expectancy at birth: 74 years male, 81 years female (1991)


_#_Total fertility rate: 1.6 children born/woman (1991)


_#_Nationality: noun - Belgian(s); adjective - Belgian


_#_Ethnic divisions: Fleming 55%, Walloon 33%, mixed or other 12%


_#_Religion: Roman Catholic 75%, remainder Protestant or other


_#_Language: Flemish (Dutch) 56%, French 32%, German 1%; legally
bilingual 11%; divided along ethnic lines


_#_Literacy: 99% (male NA%, female NA%) age 15 and over can
read and write (1980 est.)


_#_Labor force: 4,200,000; services 69%, industry 28%, agriculture
3% (1988)


_#_Organized labor: 70% of labor force


_*_Government
_#_Long-form name: Kingdom of Belgium


_#_Type: constitutional monarchy


_#_Capital: Brussels


_#_Administrative divisions: 9 provinces (French - provinces,
singular - province; Flemish - provincien, singular - provincie);
Antwerpen, Brabant, Hainaut, Liege, Limburg, Luxembourg, Namur,
Oost-Vlaanderen, West-Vlaanderen


_#_Independence: 4 October 1830 (from the Netherlands)


_#_Constitution: 7 February 1831, last revised 8-9 August 1980; the
government is in the process of revising the Constitution, with the aim
of federalizing the Belgian state


_#_Legal system: civil law system influenced by English constitutional
theory; judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ
jurisdiction, with reservations


_#_National holiday: National Day, 21 July (ascension of King Leopold
to the throne in 1831)


_#_Executive branch: monarch, prime minister, five deputy prime
ministers, Cabinet


_#_Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of an upper
chamber or Senate (Flemish - Senaat, French - Senat) and a lower chamber
or Chamber of Representatives (Flemish - Kamer van
Volksvertegenwoordigers, French - Chambre des Representants)


_#_Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Justice (Flemish - Hof van
Cassatie, French - Cour de Cassation)


_#_Leaders:

Chief of State - King BAUDOUIN I (since 17 July 1951);
Heir Apparent Prince ALBERT of Liege (brother of the King; born 6
June 1934);

Head of Government - Prime Minister Wilfried MARTENS,
(since April 1979, with a 10-month interruption in 1981)


_#_Political parties and leaders:
Flemish Social Christian (CVP), Herman van ROMPUY, president;
Walloon Social Christian (PSC), Gerard DEPREZ, president;
Flemish Socialist (SP), Frank VANDENBROUCKE, president;
Walloon Socialist (PS), Guy SPITAELS, president;
Flemish Liberal (PVV), Guy VERHOFSTADT, president;
Walloon Liberal (PRL), Antoine DUQUESNE, president;
Francophone Democratic Front (FDF), Georges CLERFAYT, president;
Volksunie (VU), Jaak GABRIELS, president;
Communist Party (PCB), Louis van GEYT, president;
Vlaams Blok (VB), Karel DILLEN;
other minor parties


_#_Suffrage: universal and compulsory at age 18


_#_Elections:

Senate - last held 13 December 1987 (next to be held by
January 1992);
results - CVP 19.2%, PS 15.7%, SP 14.7%, PVV 11.3%, PRL 9.3%,
VU 8.1%, PSC 7.8%, ECOLO-AGALEV 7.7%, VB 2.0%, VDF 1.3%,
other 1.96%;
seats - (106 total) CVP 22, PS 20, SP 17, PRL 12, PVV 11, PSC 9, VU 8,
ECOLO-AGALEV 5, VB 1, FDF 1;

Chamber of Representatives - last held 13 December 1987
(next to be held by January 1992);
results - CVP 19.45%, PS 15.66%, SP 14.88%, PVV 11.55%, PRL 9.41%,
PSC 8.01%, VU 8.05%, ECOLO-AGALEV 7.05%, VB 1.90%, FDF 1.16%, other
2.88%;
seats - (212 total) CVP 43, PS 40, SP 32, PVV 25, PRL 23,
PSC 19, VU 16, ECOLO-AGALEV 9, FDF 3, VB 2


_#_Communists: under 5,000 members (December 1985 est.)


_#_Other political or pressure groups: Christian and Socialist Trade
Unions; Federation of Belgian Industries; numerous other associations
representing bankers, manufacturers, middle-class artisans, and the legal
and medical professions; various organizations represent the cultural
interests of Flanders and Wallonia; various peace groups such as the
Flemish Action Committee Against Nuclear Weapons and Pax Christi


_#_Member of: ACCT, AfDB, AG (observer), AsDB, Benelux, BIS, CCC, CE,
CERN, COCOM, CSCE, EBRD, EC, ECE, EIB, ESA, FAO, G-9, G-10, GATT, IADB,
IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO,
INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, LORCS, NATO, NEA, OAS
(observer), OECD, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMOGIP,
UNRWA, UPU, WCL, WEU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO


_#_Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Juan CASSIERS; Chancery at
3330 Garfield Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 333-6900;
there are Belgian Consulates General in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los
Angeles, and New York;

US - Ambassador Maynard W. GLITMAN; Embassy at 27 Boulevard du
Regent, B-1000 Brussels (mailing address is APO New York 09667-1000);
telephone [32] (2) 513-3830; there is a US Consulate General in Antwerp


_#_Flag: three equal vertical bands of black (hoist side), yellow,
and red; the design was based on the flag of France


_*_Economy
_#_Overview: This small private-enterprise economy has capitalized
on its central geographic location, highly developed transport
network, and diversified industrial and commercial base. Industry is
concentrated mainly in the populous Flemish area in the north, although
the government is encouraging reinvestment in the southern region
of Walloon. With few natural resources Belgium must import essential raw
materials, making its economy closely dependent on the state of world
markets. Over 70% of trade is with other EC countries. During
the period 1988-90 Belgium's economic performance was marked by buoyant
output growth, moderate inflation, and a substantial external surplus.
Real GDP grew by an average of 3.9% in 1988-90. However, the economy
is likely to slow in 1991-92 to below 3% GDP growth.


_#_GDP: $144.8 billion, per capita $14,600; real growth rate 3.3%
(1990)


_#_Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3% (1991 est.)


_#_Unemployment rate: 8.2% est. (1991 est.)


_#_Budget: revenues $45.0 billion; expenditures $55.3 billion,
including capital expenditures of NA (1989)


_#_Exports: $106 billion (f.o.b., 1990 est.) Belgium-Luxembourg
Economic Union;

commodities - iron and steel, transportation equipment,
tractors, diamonds, petroleum products;

partners - EC 74%, US 5%, Communist countries 2% (1989)


_#_Imports: $108 billion (c.i.f., 1989) Belgium-Luxembourg Economic
Union;

commodities - fuels, grains, chemicals, foodstuffs;

partners - EC 73%, US 4%, oil-exporting less developed countries 4%,
Communist countries 3% (1989)


_#_External debt: $28.8 billion (1990 est.)


_#_Industrial production: growth rate 1.3% (1991 est.); accounts
for almost 30% of GDP


_#_Electricity: 17,325,000 kW capacity; 62,780 million kWh produced,
6,350 kWh per capita (1989)


_#_Industries: engineering and metal products, processed food and
beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum, coal


_#_Agriculture: accounts for 2% of GDP; emphasis on livestock
production - beef, veal, pork, milk; major crops are sugar beets, fresh
vegetables, fruits, grain, and tobacco; net importer of farm products


_#_Economic aid: donor - ODA and OOF commitments (1970-89), $5.8
billion


_#_Currency: Belgian franc (plural - francs); 1 Belgian franc (BF) =
100 centimes


_#_Exchange rates: Belgian francs (BF) per US$1 - 31.102 (January
1991), 33.418 (1990), 39.404 (1989), 36.768 (1988), 37.334 (1987), 44.672
(1986), 59.378 (1985)


_#_Fiscal year: calendar year


_*_Communications
_#_Railroads: Belgian National Railways (SNCB) operates 3,667 km
1.435-meter standard gauge, government owned; 2,563 km double track;
1,978 km electrified; 191 km 1.000-meter gauge, government owned and
operated


_#_Highways: 103,396 km total; 1,317 km limited access, divided
autoroute; 11,717 km national highway; 1,362 km provincial road; about
38,000 km paved and 51,000 km unpaved rural roads


_#_Inland waterways: 2,043 km (1,528 km in regular commercial use)


_#_Ports: Antwerp, Brugge, Gent, Oostende, Zeebrugge


_#_Merchant marine: 69 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,785,066
GRT/2,927,618 DWT; includes 12 cargo, 6 roll-on/roll-off, 6 container, 7
petroleum, oils, and lubricants (POL) tanker, 9 liquefied gas, 3
combination ore/oil, 9 chemical tanker, 11 bulk, 6 combination bulk


_#_Pipelines: refined products 1,167 km; crude 161 km; natural gas
3,300 km


_#_Civil air: 47 major transport aircraft


_#_Airports: 42 total, 42 usable; 24 with permanent-surface runways;
none with runways over 3,659 m; 14 with runways 2,440-3,659 m; 3 with
runways 1,220-2,439 m


_#_Telecommunications: excellent domestic and international telephone
and telegraph facilities; 4,720,000 telephones; stations - 8 AM, 19 FM (42
relays), 25 TV (10 relays); 5 submarine cables; satellite earth stations
operating in INTELSAT 3 Atlantic Ocean and EUTELSAT systems


_*_Defense Forces
_#_Branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie


_#_Manpower availability: males 15-49, 2,521,178; 2,115,935 fit for
military service; 64,634 reach military age (19) annually


_#_Defense expenditures: $4.8 billion, 2.5% of GDP (1990)
_%_
[email protected]_Belize
_*_Geography
_#_Total area: 22,960 km2; land area: 22,800 km2


_#_Comparative area: slightly larger than Massachusetts


_#_Land boundaries: 516 km total; Guatemala 266 km, Mexico 250 km


_#_Coastline: 386 km


_#_Maritime claims:

Territorial sea: 3 nm


_#_Disputes: claimed by Guatemala, but boundary negotiations to
resolve dispute are nearing completion


_#_Climate: tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to
February)


_#_Terrain: flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in south


_#_Natural resources: arable land potential, timber, fish


_#_Land use: arable land 2%; permanent crops NEGL%; meadows and
pastures 2%; forest and woodland 44%; other 52%, includes irrigated
NEGL%


_#_Environment: frequent devastating hurricanes (September to
December) and coastal flooding (especially in south); deforestation


_#_Note: national capital moved 80 km inland from Belize City to
Belmopan because of hurricanes; only country in Central America without a
coastline on the North Pacific Ocean


_*_People
_#_Population: 228,069 (July 1991), growth rate 3.6% (1991)


_#_Birth rate: 38 births/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Death rate: 5 deaths/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Net migration rate: 4 migrants/1,000 population (1991)


_#_Infant mortality rate: 35 deaths/1,000 live births (1991)


_#_Life expectancy at birth: male 67 years, female 72 years (1991)


_#_Total fertility rate: 4.7 children born/woman (1991)


_#_Nationality: noun - Belizean(s); adjective - Belizean


_#_Ethnic divisions: Creole 39.7%, Mestizo 33.1%, Maya 9.5%, Garifuna
7.6%, East Indian 2.1%, other 8.0%


_#_Religion: Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 30% (Anglican 12%,
Methodist 6%, Mennonite 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Pentecostal 2%,
Jehovah's Witnesses 1%, other 2%), none 2%, unknown 3%, other 3%
(1980)


_#_Language: English (official), Spanish, Maya, Garifuna (Carib)


_#_Literacy: 91% (male 91%, female 91%) age 15 and over having ever
attended school (1970)


_#_Labor force: 51,500; agriculture 30.0%, services 16.0%, government
15.4%, commerce 11.2%, manufacturing 10.3%; shortage of skilled
labor and all types of technical personnel (1985)


_#_Organized labor: 12% of labor force; 7 unions currently active


_*_Government
_#_Long-form name: none


_#_Type: parliamentary democracy


_#_Capital: Belmopan


_#_Administrative divisions: 6 districts; Belize, Cayo, Corozal,
Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo


_#_Independence: 21 September 1981 (from UK; formerly British
Honduras)


_#_Constitution: 21 September 1981


_#_Legal system: English law


_#_National holiday: Independence Day, 21 September


_#_Executive branch: British monarch, governor general, prime
minister, deputy prime minister, Cabinet



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