Belize is an independent and democratic nation which declared independence in 1981, ending British Colonial rule dating back to the 19th Century. It is located on the isthmus known as Central America, linking North America and South America. Its Westminster form of government, its legal system (which is grounded in English Common and Statute Law), and its English speaking population, are all part of its British heritage. Its population is nonetheless a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, some indigenous such as the Maya, and other migrants such as the Creole, Garinagu, the British and other Europeans, Arabs, Chinese, Indian, and more recently, migrants from neighbouring Central America and North America and the Caribbean.
Since its independence, Belize has had a history of peaceful democratic governance, with peaceful elections and change of governments. Belize has experienced exponential economic growth, diversifying into areas such as cruise and overnight tourism, medical tourism, oil exploration and production, offshore financial services, trade and banking, and diverse agricultural produce. Its judicial system is similar to most other Commonwealth jurisdictions, with a magistrate court that handles small claims and petty offences, a Supreme Court that handles civil and criminal matters, and with further appeals to the Court of Appeal, and the Caribbean Court of Justice (Belize’s final appellate Court).
Belize is poised for continued economic growth with its vast natural resources in oil and minerals; undeveloped lands; pristine waters and beaches; magnificent barrier reef; beautiful and unique geographic formations such as its cave systems, rivers, karst mountains; unique flora and fauna; and, of course, its friendly people.