35 Magnificent Facts About Mexico

Mexico’s official name is the United Mexico States, it is located in North America continent, south of the United States. Mexico’s culture is diverse, colourful, and lively, inspired by ancient civilizations such as the Aztec and Maya, as well as European colonisation. It is a culture that is perhaps one of a kind and one of the most interesting in the world. The Nahuas, Otomis, Mayas, Zapotecs, Tzeltales, and Tzotziles are only a few of Mexico’s indigenous groups. These groups have directly influenced the Mexican culture in terms of medicine, cuisine, rituals and language. So take a glance at these 35 fascinating facts about this amazing country.

  1. Mexico is located in southern North America bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. It share land borders with United States to the north, and Belize and Guatemala to the south.
  2. In 2018, Mexico had the highest carbonated soft drink consumption, which was over 632 8-ounce servings per capita per year.
  3. Machinery and transport equipment, steel, electrical equipment, chemicals, food products, and petroleum and petroleum products are among Mexico’s major exports. Mexico exports roughly four-fifths of its petroleum to the United States, which relies heavily on Mexico as one of its primary sources of oil.
  4. The official name of the country is the “United Mexican States” or Estados Unidos Mexicanos in spanish. The name is first used in the constitution in the year 1824.
  5. The capital city known as the mexico city name got this name in the year 2016. Before that its name was Mexico Tenochtitlan and the city was founded in the year 1324.
  6. Citizen of united states are the largest group of immigrants in mexico. In the year 2017 there were 899,311 immigrants in the country of US origin.
  7. The largest pyramid on the planet is not in Egypt but in Mexico. The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl is a huge pyramid in the Puebla region in Mexico with an height of 139 meters and was constructed in 2580–2560 BC.
    Pyramid of Cholula Church ©Pixabay
  8. The country ranks 7th worldwide in terms of having most UNESCO world heritage sites. There are a total of 35 of heritage sites out of which 27 are cultural websites, 6 are natural and two are mixed.
  9. The country is the 7th most visited country on the planet. In the year 2018 over 41.4 million people arrived in Mexico.
  10. A major share of GDP of the country comes from tourism and in 2018 this share was 22.51 billion U.S. dollars.
  11. The national animal of mexico is the golden eagle and Xoloitzcuintli is the national dog.
  12. The country also do has a national mammal which is the jaguar. Whereas grasshopper is the national arthropod.
  13. Mexico has the capabilities to possess nuclear weapons but have pledged to use nuclear for only peaceful purposes.
  14. Corn is an integral element of Mexican culture and food. The country’s grows 59 types of corns.
    Pixabay – Ximenari via Wikimedia Commons (Mexican Corn)
  15. There were 5 major ancient civilizations in Mexico and they are the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, and Aztec.
  16. The country was under the Spanish rule for over 3 centuries (1521- 1821).
  17. Mexico is the 5th most biodiverse country in the world because of its dry forests, mountain habitats and desert.
  18. Mexico is the second biggest catholic population country. The country has over 10.34 crores catholics which is total 82.7% percent of the population. The other religion are Pentecostal 1.6%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.4%, other Evangelical Churches 5%, other 1.9%, none 4.7%, unspecified 2.7%.
  19. Mexico people are the 3rd most hard working people on the globe with working for over 45.2 hours per week on average. Turkey comes on the first rank with 47.9 hour of work per week.
  20. The country is largest spanish speaking country on the planet. Whereas the united states is on the second spot.
  21. Mexico has 9,330km of coastline which is the 15th largest on the planet earth.
    A Coastline of Mexico ©Pixabay
  22. Mexico is the 10th most biggest manufacturing country on the globe.
  23. The Mexico city is submerging as much as 15 inches per year and has sunk around 33 feet(10 meters) till now.
  24. The country is home to some very important inventions that gave a good impact on the world. Some of them are Earthquake Resistant Foundations, Chocolate, chewing gum, Oral Contraceptives, popcorn, indelible ink(ink used in election) and first Color television.
  25. There are 48 active volcanoes in the country out of which Popocatépetl is the most active vocano in mexico and is also the 2nd highest peak. It has erupted over 30 times in 700 years out of which the most recent eruption was in the august month of 2020.
  26. There are more than 42 rivers in the country out of which Rio grande is the biggest river which originated in United states and act as a border between the two countries.
  27. In the year 2020 there were 25.6 % people below the age of 14 years of age, 66.9% were at the age of 15-64 years and 7.6% of people are greater than the age of 65.
  28. Pico de Orizaba is stratovolcano which is the highest mountain in the country and third highest in north America. It has an elevation of 5,636 m(18,490 ft) and was last erupted in the year 1846.
    Eneas De Troya from Mexico City via Wikimedia Commons (Pico de Orizaba)
  29. 70 Percent of land or 29 million hectare of land of the country is covered into the forests.
  30. The country is 21st most complex economy on the planet.
  31. The top 5 exports of Mexico are Cars ($50.7 Billion), Vehicle Parts ($30.1 Billion), Computers ($29.7 Billion), Delivery Trucks ($25 Billion), and Telephones ($16.7 Billion).
  32. The top 5 imports of the coutry are Refined Petroleum ($31.3B), Vehicle Parts ($27.4B), Office Machine Parts ($16.8B), Cars ($10.5B), and Computers ($7.49B).
  33. Charrería is the national game of the county which is played from the 16th century. However football is also widely played and liked in mexico.
  34. There are more than 67 national parks in the country. Cumbres de Monterrey National Park is the biggest national park with an area of 1,774 Km2.
  35. Cholula is the oldest city in the country and an important settlement of ancient puebla civilization. The city was established between 800 and 200 B.C.
    Cholula City ©Pixabay

  • CAPITAL CITY: Mexico City
  • POPULATION: 12.62 crores
  • LARGEST CITY: Mexico City
  • GDP NOMINAL: $1.322 trillion
  • GDP RANK: 15th
  • CURRENCY: Mexican peso
  • FOUNDED: 16 September 1810
  • FATHER OF THE NATION: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
  • TOTAL AREA: 1.973 million km2
  • AREA RANK: 13th worldwide
  • CONTINENT: North America
  • ARMY STRENGTH: 277,150
  • ARMY RANK: 18th
  • LITERACY RATE: 95.38 percent
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 19,990 PPP dollars (2019)


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