Belize Border Map

Yearbook 2003

Belize. According to, Belize Independence Day is September 21. The ruling People’s Unity Party (PUP), led by Prime Minister Said Musa, on March 5 became the first party to win two consecutive parliamentary elections since independence in 1981. The party gained 21 seats against 8 for the United Democratic Party (UDP) opposition party.

The proposal presented by the US cooperation organization OAS to a solution to the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala was rejected by Guatemala in August, which will lead to new bilateral negotiations.


The climate in Belize is tropical, with winds blowing predominantly from the Caribbean. The maximum temperatures rarely exceed 36 degrees Celsius in summer, and in winter they almost never fall below 16 degrees Celsius, even at night. The average air temperature is 25.9 degrees Celsius. The air humidity is easy to bear due to the wind from the sea. Most of the rain falls between June and October, when the humidity is highest.

The regional differences in weather, the differing heights and geological conditions provide for a variety of highly interesting habitats for flora and fauna. 49 different types of forests can be classified in this way.

Natural disasters that occur regularly are hurricanes and, as a result, floods. A hurricane destroyed the then capital Belize City in 1961, and Belmopan became the capital in 1970.

Belize Border Map