Situated on east coast of Central America. Dominated by dense forest cover. Flat, swampy coastline gradually rises to Maya Mountains and the Cockscombs 1 152 metres in south. North and west hilly. Belize River most important of several rivers. Shallow coastal waters of Caribbean sea to south and east dotted with islands ('cayes') bounded by large coral reef.

Name: Belize
Location: Central America
Status: UN Member
Capital City: Belmopan
Main Cities: Belize City, Corozal, San Ignacio
Population: 206,000
Area []:22,960
Languages: English, Spanish
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant

National Anthem:
O, Land of the Free by the Carib Sea,
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty!
No tyrants here linger, despots must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy.
The blood of our sires, which hallows the sod,
Brought freedom from slav'ry, oppression's rod,
By the might of truth and the grace of God.
No longer shall we be hewers of wood.

Arise ye sons of the Baymen's clan!
Put on your armour, clear the land!
Drive back the tyrants, let despots flee!
Land of the Free by the Carib Sea!

Nature has blessed thee with wealth untold,
O'er mountains and valleys where prairies roll;
Our fathers, the Baymen, valiant and bold
Drove back th'invader, this heritage bold
From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon,
Through coral isle, over blue lagoon,
Keep watch with the angels, the stars and moon.
For freedom comes tomorrow's noon.

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