Facts about Mexico

12 Mar 2024

Mexico is a country in the southern parts of North America. Mexico City is the capital city as well as the largest city in the country. Spanish is a highly spoken language in the country, and the Mexican Peso is the country’s national currency. The national name of Mexico is “Estados Unidos Mexicanos“. Similarly, “Himno Nacional Mexicano” is the country’s national anthem, and the Rio Grande is the country’s Principle River. Dahlia is the national flower, and the Sabino is the national tree of Mexico. Further, the Golden Eagle is the country’s national bird, as well as the national animal of Mexico. Jaguar is the country’s national animal. Additionally, Charreria is the country’s national sport, and Avocado Persea Americana is the national fruit. With these interesting facts about Mexico, let’s learn more about the history, culture, religion, people, industries, tourism, tradition, and many more.

Quick Facts about Mexico

The official name of Mexico: United Mexican States
Area: 1,972,550 km2
Population(2022): 131.30 million
Population density: 66 per kilometers Square
GDP (PPP)(2020): $2.715 Trillion
GDP Per Capita (nominal): $10,405
Continent: North America
Capital: Mexico City
Spoken Languages in the country: Spanish, Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, vèneto, German, English, and French are some highly spoken languages in the country. Around 68 linguistic groups and 364 varieties of indigenous languages are spoken in the country.
Official Languages: No official language but it recognized 69 different languages.
Largest by area: 13th largest country
Religion: Christianity: 88.9% (Catholicism: 77.7%, Other Christian: 11.2%), No religion: 10.6%, Others: 0.2%, Unspecified: 0.7%
Government: Federal Presidential Republic
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
Calling Code: +52
Time Zone: UTC -8 to -5 (as Mexico Time), Summer (DST) : UTC -7 to - 5 (varies)
Mexico is a beautiful county, full of rich history and fascinating culture from Bullfighting to chocolate and rabbits, Mexico surely is an inspiring place.

14 Interesting Facts about Mexico


1. Bordering country of Mexico

Mexico shared its land border with three countries. It is bordered by the United States to the north, Guatemala, and Belize to the southeast.
Further, the country also shares its Mediterian borders with the Pacific Ocean to the south and west, the Caribbean Sea to the southeast, and the Gulf of Mexico to the east.

2. Popular game in Mexico

Bullfighting is one of the popular games in Mexico. Spanish conquerors introduced the bullfight to Mexico and nowadays, it become one of the most popular as well as national sports of Mexico. Plaza Mexico, which is situated in Mexico City, is the largest bullring in the world with over 42,000 seats. Bullfighting takes place every year from November to April.

3. Smallest breed of dog in the world is named after a Mexican State

The Chihuahua, the smallest breed of dog in the world is named after a Mexican state. There are several theories regarding the origin of the breed, both Archaeological and folkloric. However, all theories confirm the origination of the dog breed from Chihuahua, Mexico.
The most common theory is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi a companion dog that was favored by the Toltec civilization.

4. The Mexican Flag

The Mexican flag is made up of three vertical stripes. Every stripe of the flag has a different meaning; the left green stripe stands for hope, the middle white stripe represents purity and unity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of the nation's heroes.
The picture of an eagle eating a snake in the middle of the flag called the coat of arms is based on an Aztec legend

5. Mexico city is slowly sinking

Mexico City is slowly sinking. Due to the fact that the Mexican capital was built on a lake. It is sinking 15-20 cm a year. During the 20th century, Mexico city sunk between 9 to 11 meters. The city's infrastructure, water supplies, and irreplaceable architecture are under constant threat.
If it continues sinking the city will face serious problems.

6. Mexico is located in the Ring of fire

Mexico is located in the "Ring of fire". This area is one of the world's most violent earthquakes and volcano zones. The ring of fire contains more than 450 volcanoes and it is approximately 75% of the world's active volcanoes.
Popocatepetl is considered to be the most dangerous volcano in Mexico, and it is located only 70 kilometers southeast of Mexico City. From Mexico City, it can be seen clearly when there are the right weather conditions.
Further, the world's smallest volcano is in Puebla, Mexico.

7. No Christmas Gift 

Mexican children do not get presents on Christmas day. In Mexico, as in much of the catholic world, children get their presents only on January 6th. This is a day on which Mexicans celebrate El Dia De Reves (King Day), the arrival of the three wise men to Bethlehem after seeing a star above the city. The meaning behind the star was the birth of the savior Jesus.

8. The oldest university in North America

The National University of Mexico is the oldest university in North America. Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico (UNAM) was founded in 1551 by Charles V, A holy roman emperor.
The university stands out as the educational institute that produces the highest number of professionals in Mexico.

9. Mexico is home to the volcano Rabbit

Mexico is home to the volcano Rabbit. This is a very rare rabbit that lives near Mexican Volcanoes. It is the world's second-smallest rabbit after the Pygmy rabbit. It has short, thick fur, short legs, and small rounded ears.

10. It is home to chocolate, chili, and corn

Mexico introduced chocolate, chili, and corn to the world. Chocolate was discovered in Mexico and was made by the Meso-American people into a sweet beverage using national sweeteners.
The word chocolate derives from the language of the Aztecs, and it is "Xocolatl", where "Xoco" means bitter and "ATL" means water.
Corn was first cultivated in central Mexico. Further, Mexico is one of the largest producers of chilis in the world.

11. The official name of Mexico

The official name of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos. The country, Mexico was initially named after its capital city (Mexico City). During the 14th to 16th centuries, when the Aztec people dominated large parts of the country, the capital city was called Mexico-Tenochtitlan.
After the Spanish conquered the city in the 16th century, they ruined it and build Mexico city on top of the Aztec Capital.
Mexico City was built to resemble a Spanish city.

12. The red Poinsettia originated in Mexico

The red Poinsettia was originated in Mexico and is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), who is the first united states ambassador to Mexico.

13. The country with fantastic dishes 

Mexico is rich in a blend of all kinds of different cultures new and old that have merged over the years to create some of the most popular dishes in the world. some of the popular dishes are Tortillas, Tacos, Burritos, Salsas, Moles, Guacamoles, Tamales, Quesadillas, and Enchilads.

14. The largest pyramid is not in Egypt, but in Mexico

According to the Guinness world records, the largest pyramid is not in Egypt, but in Mexico. The Great Pyramid of Cholula is so big that it looks like a hill and it even has a church on top of it. But unlike its Egyptian counterpart, this pyramid has been extended several times until it become so big.
These are some interesting facts about Mexico.

Mexico Facts

  • The border between Mexico and the United States is the second-largest border in the world after the United States and Canada border.
  • After Brazil, Mexico is second in the number of Catholic citizens.
  • Mexico is the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world and the United States is in the second position.
  • Mexico is the 10th most populated country in the world.
  • The country doesn't have an official language, but it does recognize 69 different languages.
  • The people around Mexico were the first to discover popcorn. The oldest remnants of popcorn found in Mexico date back to around 3600 B.C.

These are some Mexican facts.

In Conclusion

In this article, we discussed some interesting facts about Mexico. After reading this article, you might gain some knowledge about Mexico. If you have still queries and want to learn more about the country, then please comment to us. Further, if you already visited this beautiful country, and want to add more interesting facts to this article that are not included in the article above, please comment to us. Also, share your take on this article.
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