51 Interesting Facts About Mexico

Last updated on July 15th, 2016 at 05:05 am

Estados Únidos Mexicanos, Mexico, is an interesting, thrilling, weird, and fun country. It is a beautiful country full of fascinating culture and rich history. From rabbits and bullfighting to chocolate; it is a varied country.

Mexico is like an autonomous world in itself, with everything one would possibly want or need, as well as things one would never want or need. Mexico is not all about tequila, enchiladas, beaches, and tacos. There is a lot going on beneath the hot, spicy surface.

51 Interesting Facts about Mexico

1. The world’s largest pyramid is in Mexico.

2. Artists in the country can pay their taxes using artwork.

3. Santa Anna, the famous Mexican general, had a state funeral for his amputated leg.

4. The Aztecs sacrificed about 250,000 people, or about 1% of their population, each year.

5. Popcorn was domesticated 9,000 years ago in Mexico.

6. The 34th Mexican president ruled for less than 60 minutes before quitting.

7. Prior to the 1848 Mexican–American war, San Francisco was part of Mexico.

8. Since 2000, illegal Mexico–US immigration has decreased by 80%.

9. More than 90% of the country’s firearms are smuggled in from the United States.

10. Each year, residents of Naco, Mexico, join those of Naco, Arizona, for a volleyball match over the fence separating the two countries.

Interesting facts about Mexico: Mexico Map
Interesting facts about Mexico: Map of Mexico

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11. It is a diverse and vast city built on a lake. It is so enormous that most visitors are amazed by its size when they fly into the city at night, witnessing the ocean of twinkling lights.

12. Over the past 100 years, Mexico City has sunk over 9 meters in certain areas; in fact, it is constantly sinking.

13. The city has several interesting nicknames including City of Hope, City of the Palaces, and Capital in Movement.

14. More than 5 million passengers use Mexico City’s Metro, which is the cheapest and largest in Latin America.

15. The city’s international airport is the busiest and largest in Latin America.

16. Interestingly, Mexico City boasts the most museums in the world, making it a cultural hub.

17. It also has more than 30 concert halls and 100 art galleries.

18. When it comes to the number of theatres, it only trails after New York, London, and Toronto.

19. The city suffered from extreme air pollution 10 years ago. In fact, the authorities announced it as a public risk for 355 days of the year. However, steps taken by the government have reduced pollution levels tremendously.

20. In the early 2000s, an average of 478 crimes was reported daily in the city. Since then, however, there has been a huge decrease in crime rates. This is in contrast to certain parts of the country.

21. It can take three hours to drive a distance that would usually take 20 to 30 minutes in Mexico City. Unlike what many people picture when they think of Mexico, cacti do not grow everywhere. In fact, it can be hard to find them in cities.

22. Anyone who wants to find the best tacos should stay away from the posh restaurants and buy from a street stall. When it comes to street food, Mexico is comparable to Asia.

23. The dress code in Mexico is quite strict. Some bus drivers wear suits.

24. In Mexico, tampons are a sensitive subject. Although most Mexicans argue that this makes them look bad, most people are either scared of them or have not heard about them.

25. It is possible to see signs in Mexican public toilets urging people to flush toilet paper rather than throwing it in the trash.

26. In Mexico, drunk drivers have it easy. It is common for the police to stop cars and ask drivers whether they have been drinking. If a driver says no, he/she is free to go.

27. There are numerous words for corn in Mexico. Peru produces more than 55 varieties of corn in a wild range of colors. Read some interesting facts about Peru.

28. Torreon, a Mexican City, imposed fines for shaving with an electric razor or putting on make–up while driving.

29. People can purchase colorful poultry in Mexico.

30. Mexico is the second most obese nation, with 70% of Mexicans overweight.

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31. Mexican sports range from the ordinary sports to others that most people in other countries have never heard of. In fact, the diversity of sports within the country is as rich as the culture.

32. The national sport in the country is called Charreira, which displays distinctive horsemanship techniques.

33. Futbol, or soccer, is one of the most popular sports in Mexico.

34. Mexican bullfighting, also called fiesta brava, is similar to the Spanish version. It has been popular for around 400 years.

35. Mexican professional wrestling, called lucha libre, is very popular. It involves rapid action, a succession of holds, and impressive high–flying moves that astound the audience.

36. Mexico holds second place to the United States in the number of boxing world titles won.

37. Mexico hosted the FIFA Football World Cup twice; in 1970 and 1986.

38. Sports such as golf, basketball and baseball are widely watched in Mexico due to influence from the US.

39. There are excellent surfing sports in Mexico, such as Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum, and others.

40. Mexico hosted the world championships of the traditional sport of Basque Pelota in 1982, 98, and 2006. This is a name given for several sports played with ball using a racket, one’s hand, against a wall, or a wooden bat.

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41. Mexican tamale weighs around 150 pounds and is 3 feet long.

42. The country introduced corn, chilies, and chocolate to the world.

43. It is home to a rare breed of rabbit, which usually lives near volcanoes.

Interesting facts about Mexico - Volcano Rabbit.
Interesting facts about Mexico: – Volcano Rabbit. Image source

44. The earliest printing press in North America was used in 1539 in Mexico City.

45. The oldest university in North America, the National University of Mexico, was established in 1551.

46. Mexican kids rarely receive gifts on Christmas day.

47. The country is located in one of the most violent volcano and earthquake zones on earth.

48. Mexico City was built over the ruins of Tenochtitlan, a great Aztec city built on a lake.

49. The Chihuahua, named after a Mexican city, is the smallest dog in the world.

50. The first great Mexican civilization, the Olmecs, build numerous cities and curved great colossal heads around 1400 to 300 B.C.

51. The Caesar salad was invented in Mexico by Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restaurateur and chef.

Quick facts about Mexico

Capital CityMexico City
19°26′N 99°08′W
Largest CityMexico City
19°26′N 99°08′W
Total area1,964,375 sq km
Population121,736,809 (July 2015 est.)
Official LanguageSpanish
BordersUnited States, Belize and Guatemala
CurrencyPeso (MXN)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Life expectancy75.65 Years (2012)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Climatevaries from tropical to desert
Terrainhigh, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; desert
Natural resourcespetroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber
Agricultural land54.9%
Birth rate18.78 births/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Death rate5.26 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)
Sex ratio0.96 male(s)/female (2015 est.)
Independence16 September 1810 (declared); 27 September 1821 (recognized by Spain)
National symbolgolden eagle; national colors: green, white, red
National anthem"Himno Nacional Mexicano" (National Anthem of Mexico)
Industriesfood and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism
Exports$430.9 billion (2015 est.)
manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton
Imports$434.8 billion (2015 est.)
metalworking machines, steel mill products, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, automobile parts for assembly and repair, aircraft, aircraft parts
GDP - per capita (PPP)$17,500 (2015 est.)
Time Zone(UTC−8 to −5)
Internet country code.mx
Internet users69.915 million
percent of population: 57.4% (July 2015 est.)
Calling Code+52
Drives on theRight

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