Mexico is identified to be the world’s 14th largest country. Formally called the United Mexican States, it shares its borders with the North Pacific Ocean, the United States, the Carribean Sea, Guatemala, Belize, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also known for being the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world. Mexico is a federation of thirty one states and one federal district. The capital, Mexico City, is one of the most populated cities in the world. More than 60 local languages are spoken in this country, although the Spanish language is the official language of Mexico. As the Tropic of Cancer is situated across Mexico, the country experiences two different climates viz., temperate and tropical climate. Mexico has a tropical climate in the southern parts and it enjoys a temperate climate in the central highlands. The northern parts of the country experience a dry climate. Want to know more? Get more interesting facts about Mexico.
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Continent: North America
Area: 1,972,550 sq. km (2011 estimate)
Capital: Mexico City
Currency: Mexican Peso
Official Languages: Spanish
Independence Day: 27September
Calling Code: +52
Type Of Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
Interesting & Fun Facts About Mexico
- Rich in bio-diversity, Mexico is counted amongst the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. With wide range of flora and fauna, it has been ranked second, first, fourth, and fourth for holding species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and flora respectively.
- Mexico ranks second in the world of ecosystems. It houses about 34 untouched ecosystems and numerous parks. It also has 17 sanctuaries and 26 protected areas for flora and fauna.
- Mexico boasts of a free market economy; it is the world’s 12th largest economy. In Latin America, it has the highest per capita income.
- The district, Mexico City, has hosted the 19th Olympic Games in 1968. Thus far, it is the only Latin American country to do so. It was also the venue for the FIFA World Cup (in 1970 & 1986).
- Bull fighting is the National Sport of Mexico. Almost every big city of Mexico has a bullring. La Monumental, in Mexico City, is the largest bullring in the world. Besides bull fighting, football and baseball are popular amongst the Mexicans.
- Mexican cuisine is famous world-wide for its intense flavors, colorful decoration and range of spices. Some of the popular dishes from the country are fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, and tacos.
- The Acapulco Convention Center of Mexico is the largest convention facility available in Latin America. It is counted amongst the main concert and performance centers in the world.
- Mexico City is believed to be built over a river. Every year, it is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches because pumps are incessantly drawing out water for the city’s growing population.
- Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, is the largest city in the North America and the second largest in the world.
- This city is officially named Estados Únidos Mexicanos otherwise referred to as United Mexican States.
- Chocolate, chilies and corn was introduced to the world by Mexico.
- Mexican children receive their Christmas presents on January 6th, which is the day celebrated for welcoming the ‘Three Wise Men’.
- Mexico is the home to the smallest volcano in the world called the Cuexcomate Volcano and it stands at a height of 43 feet.
- Mexican population comprises of Indian-Spanish, predominately Indian and Caucasian.
- This country has 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- The Chichen Itza Pyramid is declared as one of the new Seven Wonders of The World.
- Among the many agricultural products produced in Mexico, corn, soyabeans, wheat and rice constitute to the largest agricultural produce.
- About 89% of the Mexican population is of the Roman-Catholic faith.
- Tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel form the main industries in Mexico.
- Mexico mainly exports oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables and manufactured goods.
- Mexico is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the North Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Mexican flag comprises of three vertical bands of equal proportions namely green, white and red. The coat of arms is illustrated within the white band, which includes an eagle seated on a cactus bench with a snake held in its beak.