Belize is a small, developing state located in Central America and is bordered to the north by Mexico, the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. It is the only country in Central America where English is an official language, with Spanish being widely spoken. It has an area of 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 301,270 people (2008 EST.) The country is a member of CARICOM, Organization of American States and the Association of Caribbean States, among others.

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