1945-1981







Belize independent, since 1981



In a 1980 resolution, the UN demanded independence to be granted to Belize by 1981. Belize was granted independence and a new constitution; Guatemala continued to claim the territory. Belize joined the COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS and the UN the same year.
Belize is a functioning democracy. The country is largely covered by rainforest; the population density is low, population growth high. The large majority of the population is Roman Catholic, and despite English colonial heritage, Spanish is widely spoken. The economy still largely depends on agriculture (sugar, citrus fruits) and forestry. The country suffers from a chronic trade deficit, as a wide range of products have to be imported. Per capita income is low, unemployment is high; many educated Belizians search for careers abroad.
The civil wars in EL SALVADOR and GUATEMALA in the 1980es caused an influx of refugees into Belize. Within Central America, Belize experienced diplomatic isolation throughout much of the 1980es.






EXTERNAL
FILES
Article from Infoplease : Belize
CASCON Case BEL : Belize-Guatemala 1948-1991, by L.P. Bloomfield, L. Moulton
DOCUMENTS Flag of British Honduras (1870) from FOTW
REFERENCE Tom Barry, Central America Inside Out, Grove Press 1991; on Belize pp.47-77
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1983, p. 215 (on events of 1982) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1984, p. 211 (on events of 1983) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1985, pp. 574-575, 637 (on events of 1984) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1986, pp. 571-572, 633 (on events of 1985) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1988, pp. 495, 554 (on events of 1987) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1989, pp. 495, 554 (on events of 1988) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1990, pp. 511, 570 (on events of 1989) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1993, pp. 477-478, 564 (on events of 1992) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1994, pp. 477, 564 (on events of 1993) [G]
Article Belize, from Britannica Book of the Year 1995, pp. 379, 564 (on events of 1994) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1983-1984 pp.206-208 (data of 1982-1983) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1984-1985 pp.205-207 (data of 1983-1984) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1985-1986 pp.204-206 (data of 1984-1985) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1987-1988 pp.203-206 (data of 1986-1987) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1988-1989 pp.203-206 (data of 1987-1988) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1989-1990 pp.204-207 (data of 1988-1989) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1990-1991 pp.204-207 (data of 1989-1990) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1991-1992 pp.203-206 (data of 1990-1991) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1992-1993 pp.202-206 (data of 1991-1992) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1993-1994 pp.204-207 (data of 1992-1993) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1994-1995 pp.199-202 (data of 1993-1994) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1995-1996 pp.188-191 (data of 1994-1995) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1996-1997 pp.203-206 (data of 1995-1996) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1997-1998 pp.211-214 (data of 1996-1997) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1998-1999 pp.236-240 (data of 1997-1998) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2000 pp.286-290 (data of 1998-1999) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2001 pp.279-282 (data of 1999-2000) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2002 pp.292-296 (data of 2000-2001) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2003 pp.290-294 (data of 2001-2002) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2004 pp.292-296 (data of 2002-2003) [G]
Article : Belize, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2005 pp.286-290 (data of 2003-2004) [G]
Article : Belize, in : The World in Figures 4th ed. 1984 pp.112-113 [G]
Entry : Background Notes - Belize pp.43-48, Travel Warning - Belize, pp.422-423, in : Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook, 2000, Supplement [G]
Entry : Belize, Cabinet pp.12-13, Background Notes : Belize, pp.302-307, in : Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook, 2003 [G]
Entry : Belize, pp.270-273 in : IMF, International Financial Statistics Yearbook 2001 [G]
Article : Central America - Belize, in : Americana Annual 1989 pp.170-178 (on events of 1988) [G]
Article : Central America - Belize, in : Americana Annual 1990 pp.167-174 (on events of 1989) [G]
Article : Central America - Belize, in : Americana Annual 1992 pp.178-184 (on events of 1991) [G]
Article : Central America - Belize, in : Americana Annual 1993 pp.172-177 (on events of 1992) [G]
Article : Central America - Belize, in : Americana Annual 1994 pp.176-180 (on events of 1993) [G]
Entry : Belize, in : The Commonwealth Yearbook 1989 pp.136-143 [G]



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