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Belize

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Located on the Caribbean coast of Central America, bordered by Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on the north and by Guatemala on the west and south, Belize is slightly larger than El Salvador but much less populated. Most of the inhabitants are of mixed ancestry. Mestizos of Spanish and Mayan Indian derivation comprise the largest part of the population (52 percent), while Creole descendants of African slaves and English settlers form the second largest group (25.9 percent). Other smaller ethnic groups include Amerindians (mainly Mayans), Afro-Caribbeans (Garifuna), Asians, German Mennonites, and others of European descent. Roman Catholics constitute the largest religious group (40 percent). Women currently hold 3 of 31 seats in the House or Representatives (9.4 percent), including the position of speaker of the house. ...

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