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Belize
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index70th best
CapitalBelmopan
Land Area1 22 810 km2
LocationNorth America, The Americas, Central America
Population2324 292
Life Expectancy376.292yrs (2012)
GNI3$5 327
ISO3166-1 Codes4BZ, BLZ, 84
Internet Domain5.bz
Currency6Dollar (BZD)
Telephone7+501

1. Overview

Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Guatemala and Belize plan to hold a simultaneous referendum, set for 6 October 2013, to determine if this dispute will go before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Belize National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
96Samoa70.267.1
97Dominican Rep.70.260.9
98Fiji70.263.6
99Belize70.265.9
100Jordan70.061.9
101China69.954.1
102Turkmenistan69.868.1
103Thailand69.058.9
104Maldives68.861.7
105Suriname68.467.7
106Gabon68.360.4
107El Salvador68.057.0
108Mongolia67.558.1
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.1
2Iceland87.6
3Denmark87.2
...
67Ukraine62.0
68Brazil61.7
69Fiji61.6
70Belize61.5
71Trinidad & Tobago61.4
72Mexico60.9
73Belarus60.5
74Peru60.1
75Nicaragua59.9
76Bosnia & Herzegovina59.8
77Dominican Rep.59.2
78Bhutan59.1
79Tunisia59.1
80Georgia59.0
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2013).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
49UAE76.7
50Panama76.3
51Poland76.3
52Belize76.3
53Grenada76.1
54Argentina76.1
55Syria76
56Bosnia & Herzegovina75.8
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
110Singapore1.3
111Saudi Arabia2.7
112Portugal1.3
113Belize2.7
114Malta1.3
115Syria2.8
116Bosnia & Herzegovina1.1
117Paraguay2.9
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
170Bahamas351 27535
171Iceland328 2903
172Maldives324 3131081
173Belize324 29214
174Barbados274 530638
175Vanuatu251 67421
176Samoa184 77265
Data Source

Belize's population is predicted to rise to 438 824 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 2.70. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
97Bhutan1953
98Syria1953
99Colombia1954
100Belize1954
101Ghana1954
102Honduras1955
103Nicaragua1955
104Eritrea1955
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
76Rwanda0.41
77Philippines0.42
78Lebanon0.43
79Belize0.43
80Myanmar (Burma)0.44
81Georgia0.44
82El Salvador0.44
83Ecuador0.44
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including Belize and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting. Belize is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#Buddhism #Christianity #Hinduism #Islam #Judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian87.6%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.2%
Buddhist0.5%
Folk Religion1.5%
Jew1%
Unaffiliated8.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 39.3%, Pentacostal 8.3%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.3%, Anglican 4.5%, Mennonite 3.7%, Baptist 3.5%, Methodist 2.8%, Nazarene 2.8%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.6%, other 9.9% (includes Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Mormon), other (unknown) 3.1%, none 15.2% (2010 census)10.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union produced a report in 2012 entitled "Freedom of Thought" (2012), in which they document bias and prejudice at the national level that is based on religion, belief and/or lack of belief. Their entry for Belize states:

The constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of religion or belief. There is no state religion; however, the preamble to the constitution states, "The nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God." An amendment to the constitution expanded the appointed Senate to 12 persons, one of whom is appointed by the governor general acting in accordance with the advice of the Belize Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association of Churches. The membership of these organizations includes several Christian denominations, among them Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Chinese Christian Mission, Chinese Christian Church, and Seventh-day Adventist.

The constitution stipulates that religious communities may establish "places of education" and states that "no such community shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for persons of that community." Although there is no state religion, the educational system maintains by statute a strong religious curriculum. The curriculum ties "spirituality" with social studies courses.

"Freedom of Thought" by IHEU (2012)11

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6. The Internet

IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
194Hong Kong0.12
193Ireland0.11
192Luxembourg0.11
191Belize0.11
190Monaco
189Micronesia
188Mauritius
187Marshall Islands
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
119Iran13.00
120Rwanda13.00
121Mongolia12.90
122Belize12.65
123Uganda12.50
124Algeria12.50
125Yemen12.35
126S. Africa12.33
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
86Moldova6.7
87Paraguay6.7
88Mexico6.7
89Belize6.7
90Slovenia6.6
91Malawi6.6
92Bosnia & Herzegovina6.6
93Kyrgyzstan6.6
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Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
96Tajikistan16
97Benin16
98Monaco16
99Belize16
100Togo16
101Bangladesh15
102Andorra15
103Chad15
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
104Cuba$5 539
105Timor-Leste (E. Timor)$5 446
106Egypt$5 401
107Belize$5 327
108Jordan$5 272
109Bhutan$5 246
110Sri Lanka$5 170
111Swaziland$5 104
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
34Chile6.6
35Qatar6.6
36Singapore6.5
37Belize6.5
38Spain6.5
39Colombia6.4
40Argentina6.4
41Czech Rep.6.3
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
23Panama71.4
24Albania71.4
25Spain70.6
26Belize69.9
27Antigua & Barbuda69.8
28Singapore69.6
29Peru69.3
30Ecuador69.3
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
179St Kitts & Nevis-100
180Tonga-100
181S. Sudan-100
182Belize-100
183St Lucia-120
184Trinidad & Tobago-120
185Kuwait-120
186Bangladesh-120
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/belize.html
Parent page: Vexing International Issues

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References: (What's this?)

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2013) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2013). Accessed 2016 Nov 01.

IHEU. International Humanist and Ethical Union.
(2012) Freedom of Thought. A copy can be found on iheu.org/...Freedom of Thought 2012.pdf, accessed 2013 Oct 28.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011).^
  3. UN (2013).^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bh.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. IHEU (2012) Added to this page on 2013 Oct 28.^

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