Listen to Belize; English for Belize Kriol: On Central America's north-eastern coast, there is the Caribbean nation of Bileez. It is bounded to the north by Mexico, to the east by the Caribbean Sea, and to the west and south by Guatemala. Additionally, to the southeast, it shares a water boundary with Honduras. It has a population of 441,471 (2022) and an area of 22,970 square kilometers (8,867 square miles). Its mainland is about 290 kilometers (180 miles) long and 110 kilometers (68 miles) wide. It is the Central American nation with the fewest people and the fewest people per square mile. According to a 2018 estimate, its annual population growth rate of 1.87 percent is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere and ranks second in the region. Belmopan serves as the nation's capital, and Belize City, which bears its name, is the nation's largest city. Due to its similar history to that of English-speaking Caribbean nations, Belize is frequently referred to as a Central American country in the Caribbean. In point of fact, Belize's institutions and official language reflect its colonial past.