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Interesting Facts About Mexico

Mexico (officially the United Mexican States) is a country in North America. Here are some interesting and fun facts about Mexico.

Interesting Facts About Mexico

  • There are over 200,000 different species of plants and animals in Mexico- which is why it is classified as a mega-diverse country.
  • Violent crimes are a serious problem in Mexico due to drug-trafficking and gang violence. The homicide rate is 11 in 100,000 people.
  • Just under 4% of people are unemployed in Mexico, but over 20% of people are underemployed (in very low paid jobs).
  • Mexico receives over 20 million tourists every year!
  • About one million United States citizens live in Mexico.
  • Almost 90% of the population identify themselves as Roman Catholics. There are about 45,000 Jews in Mexico.
  • Mexico’s most popular sport is soccer (football). It is believed that Cornish miners introduced the sport in the late 1800’s.
  • Bullfighting is very popular in Mexico.
  • The literacy rate in Mexico is almost 98%.
  • Swine flu (also called the H1N1 virus) originated in Mexico.
  • Rodolfo Neri Vela was the first Mexican in space.
  • One of the best known Mexican athletes is golfer Lorena Ochoa.
  • Chocolate, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and tamales all came from Mexico.
  • Spanish is the main language spoken in Mexico (by 97% of the population).
  • There are about 236 television stations in Mexico.

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(5) Comments

  1. Here’s another interesting fact about Mexico.

    Mexican children are given both their father’s last name and their mother’s maiden name. This tradition helps preserve the heritage of both parents. Fathers would often weave a God’s eye when their children were born. At each birthday for five years the father would weave another God’s eye.

  2. Hi Angellena.

    That info you linked to (the wikipedia page on literacy rates) has old information. According to the latest information (taken in 2006) the literacy rate is 97.7% (or close to 98% as I listed in the article).

  3. Angellena, don’t believe in all Wikipedia tells you =)
    and… Cheles, I mean, Mercedes.. my dad never gave me a God’s eye!!!! >.< so mad at him haha

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