Newspapers in Belize
The spread of newspapers in Belize is limited. There is no daily newspaper.
Of a few weekly newspapers, independent Amandala (circulation: about 45,000
copies) is the largest.
The former state broadcasting company Broadcasting Corporation of Belize
(BCB, founded 1937) was privatized in 1998. BCB's radio broadcasts are about 75%
in English and otherwise in Spanish and local languages. There are also private
radio stations and broadcasters broadcasting satellite programs from the United
States. There are 613 radio and 183 TV sets per 1,000 residents (2000).
As a result of British colonial times, Belize
culture has an Anglo-Saxon feel. It is more reminiscent
of West Indian than of Central American culture. In
parallel, there are also Spanish, Native American and
Afro-Caribbean cultural traditions.
In many parts of the country, ruins of the Mayan
settlements remain. One of the largest settlements is
Lamanai in northern Belize, dating to 1500 BC.
Latest population statistics of Belize, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The music is mainly West Indian. The most common
dance music is punta with features of soca and salsa.
Andy Palacio (1960–2008) is the most famous musician.
The internationally best-known Belizean writers are
Zoila Ellis and Zee Edgell.