It is approximately 8,867 square miles in size and has an ethnically diverse and well-educated population of approximately 360,000 comprising of Creoles (African-European), Garinagus (Caribs), Mestizos (Spanish-Indian), Maya, Orientals and Europeans. The climate is subtropical with a comfortable average annual temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. English is the official language and is widely spoken, as is Spanish, Maya, Garifuna and Creole.
As a former British colony and a member of Commonwealth, Belize has a long history of peace, stability and democracy. Led by a government fully committed to the ongoing development of the country as a leading financial jurisdiction for financial and other services, Belize is seen as a window of investment opportunity with a competitive advantage. Its reputable jurisdiction supplemented by modern and flexible local legislation, over the last decade, has aimed and encouraged the sectors of e-commerce and international banking to rapidly grow. Notably, Belize is positioned among the few full-service financial centers in Central America that offers legislation in providing a range of sophisticated financial vehicles and products such as Mutual Funds, Trusts, International Insurance, Limited Duration Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, International Banks and more.
Known for its peaceful, stable and democratic environment, Belize is strategically poised in offering investment opportunities, banking and e-commerce business to the international investor and wider community. It is also the perfect vacation destination spot and offers endless excitement and awe-inspiring scenery of its pristine landmass, mainland rainforest, Mayan temples and savannah including over 200 islands sprinkled along a spectacular barrier reef which is the longest in the Western Hemisphere.