Belmopan

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Belmopan
Belmopan Parliament House
Nickname(s): The Garden City
Motto: City of Promise
Coordinates: 17°15′5″N 88°46′1″W / 17.25139°N 88.76694°W / 17.25139; -88.76694Coordinates: 17°15′5″N 88°46′1″W / 17.25139°N 88.76694°W / 17.25139; -88.76694
Country  Belize
District Cayo
Constituency Belmopan Constituency
Foundation 1970
Government
 • Mayor Simeon López (UDP)
Elevation 76 m (250 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 20,000
Time zone Central (UTC-6)

Belmopan is the capital city of Belize. There are about 20,000 people living there.

Belmopan is at an altitude of 76 metres (250 ft) above sea level.[1] Belmopan was built just to the east of the Belize River. It is 80 km (50 mi) inland from the former capital, the port of Belize City. Belize City was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961.[1][2] The government was moved to Belmopan in 1970.[3] Its National Assembly Building is made to look like a Pre-Columbian Maya temple.[4]

The University of Belize has a campus in Belmopan.

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