Information about Mexico


Mexico is a fantastic destination for expatriates. The mere mention of the country’s name conjures up images of colourful fiestas, smiling people, spicy food, tropical beaches, and towering volcanoes.

According to the World Tourism Organization, Mexico was the 8th most visited country in 2016 and the most popular Latin American destination. Its official language is Spanish, but many other native languages are also spoken there.

Politics

Mexico is a republic consisting of 31 states and a federal district. Executive, legislative, and judiciary powers are divided between the federal, state, and municipal levels.

Economy

According to the World Bank, Mexico's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to 1.05 trillion USD in 2016. The country offers various professional opportunities to students, workers, entrepreneurs, and investors thanks to a dynamic labour market. Moreover, economic forecasts for the country are highly positive.

Climate

Mexico's climate is roughly divided into two types: the temperate altiplano (high mountain plateau) in the centre of the country, and tropical areas along the Pacific, Caribbean, and Gulf coasts. Rainfall varies according to different seasons and geography. Most regions have a rainy season in late summer or fall that typically lasts a month. The coastal regions experience hurricanes from June to November. Snow occasionally falls in the deserts of the north and on the peaks of the large volcanoes scattered along the altiplano.

History and culture

Mexico has a rich cultural and historical heritage influenced by the mixing of Spanish invaders and highly developed native populations. Two of the most important were the Aztecs from what is now Mexico City, and the Mayans from the Yucatan Peninsula and the state of Chiapas in the south.

Mexico’s War of Independence began in 1810, and it is widely celebrated in Mexico on September 16. One hundred years later in 1910, the Revolution swept across the country, culminating in the march in Mexico City by two important generals: Emiliano Zapata from the south and Pancho Villa from the north.

Today, Mexican culture is manifested in the importance of the family, a rich culinary tradition, distinctive musical styles, and unique holidays such as the Day of the Dead, when Mexicans honour their deceased relatives by decorating their graves and placing a shrine in their homes full of food, flowers, and photographs.

 Useful links:

Magic Towns in Mexico

Visit Mexico webpage
Mexico Desconocido webpage (in Spanish)
The Day of the Dead
World Bank GDP 2016