English is the official language of Belize. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Everyday life in Belize is much simplier for North Americans with shopping, contracts, and all other interactions with the people and country being performed in English with no surprises resulting from communication failures.
English-speaking has also influenced the culture and education of the general population affording Belizeans many advantages over their latin neighbors. Not only does the average Belizean have a higher education and income than their latin neighbors but they are also more aware of North American customs and expectations as they watch American and Canadian television stations and use North American text books.
Belizeans also speak Spanish and Creole. Four major groups-Mestizo, Creole, Maya and Garifuna-make up more than 90% of the population, but Belizean life is rich with residents of many other ethnic, geographic and racial backgrounds. This diversity has resulted in a society of great tolerance.
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