Essential info for Belize

Population: About 360,000

Capital city: Belmopan

Neighbouring countries: Belize shares its northern border with Mexico and its southern border with Guatemala.

Geography: The geography in Belize consists mainly of coastal plains, with a small mountain range to the south.

Political system: Parliamentary democracy

Major religions: Christianity

Main languages: English, Creole and Spanish

Currency: The Belize dollar (BZD) is divided into 100 cents. There are ATMs available in all major cities and towns, but expats should be aware that not all banks will allow foreigners to withdraw.

Tipping: A small gratuity is expected for most services. These are not generally included in the bill, and expats should use their discretion when determining how much to tip. 

Time: GMT -6

Electricity: 110 / 220 volts and 60 Hz. Plugs with two or three flat blades are generally used across the country.

Internet domain: .bz

International dialling code: +501

Emergency numbers: 911

Driving: Cars in Belize drive on the right-hand side of the road. There are buses available in most urban centres, but these don't often run to schedule and can be less comfortable than expats are accustomed to. 

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