United Mexican States
Estados Unidos Mexicanos  (Spanish)
Anthem: "Himno Nacional Mexicano"
(English: "Mexican National Anthem")
Location of Mexico
and largest city
Mexico City
19°26′N 99°08′W / 19°26′N 99°08′W / 19.433; -99.133
Official languages
Recognized regional languages
National languageSpanish (de facto)[b]
GovernmentFederal presidential
constitutional republic[3]
Enrique Peña Nieto
Ernesto Cordero Arroyo
Edgar Romo García
Chamber of Deputies
Independence from Spain
September 16, 1810[4]
September 27, 1821
December 28, 1836
October 4, 1824
February 5, 1857
February 5, 1917
• Total
1,972,550 km2 (761,610 sq mi) (13th)
• Water (%)
• 2017 estimate
123,675,325[5] (11th)
• Density
61/km2 (158.0/sq mi) (142nd)
GDP (PPP)2018 estimate
• Total
$2.498 trillion[6] (11th)
• Per capita
$20,028[6] (64th)
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$1.250 trillion[6] (16th)
• Per capita
$10,021[6] (69th)
Gini (2014)48.2[7]
HDI (2015)Increase 0.762[8]
high · 77th
CurrencyPeso (MXN)
Time zoneSee Time in Mexico (UTC−8 to −5)
• Summer (DST)
varies (UTC−7 to −5)
Drives on theright
Calling code+52
ISO 3166 codeMX
  1. Article 4.° of the General Law of Linguistic Rights of the Indigenous Peoples.[9]
  2. ^ Spanish is the de facto official language of the Mexican federal government.

Mexico[note 1] ([ˈmexiko] (About this sound listen)) (Spanish: México [ˈmexiko] (About this sound listen); Nahuatl languages: Mēxihco), officially the United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos, About this sound listen )[11][12][13][14] is a federal republic in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.[15] Covering almost two million square kilometers (over 760,000 sq mi),[14] the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world.

With an estimated population of over 120 million,[16] the country is the eleventh most populous and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world while being the second most populous nation in Latin America. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and a special federal entity that is also its capital and most populous city. Other metropolises include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, and Tijuana.

Pre-Columbian Mexico dates to about 8,000 BC, is identified as one of seven cradles of civilization and was home to many advanced Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec before first contact with Europeans. In 1521, the Spanish Empire conquered and colonized the territory from its politically powerful base in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the viceroyalty of New Spain. Three centuries later, the territory became the current nation following recognition in 1821 after the colony's Mexican War of Independence. The tumultuous post-independence period was characterized by economic inequality and many politically intensive changes. The Mexican–American War (1846–1848) led to a territorial cession of the extensive northern territories to the United States. The Pastry War, the Franco-Mexican War, a civil war, two empires, and the Porfiriato occurred through the 19th century. The Porfiriato was ended by the Mexican Revolution of 1910, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country's current political system.

Mexico has the fifteenth largest nominal GDP and the eleventh largest by purchasing power parity. The Mexican economy is strongly linked to those of its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, especially the United States.[17][18] Mexico was the first Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), joining in 1994. It is classified as an upper-middle income country by the World Bank[19] and a newly industrialized country by several analysts.[20][21][22][23] By 2050, Mexico could become the world's fifth or seventh largest economy.[24][25] The country is considered both a regional power and middle power,[26][27][28][29] and is often identified as an emerging global power.[30] Due to its rich culture and history, Mexico ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[31][32][33] Mexico is a megadiverse country, ranking fourth in the world by biodiversity. In 2016 it was the eighth most visited country in the world, with 35 million international arrivals.[34] Mexico is a member of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G8+5, the G20, the Uniting for Consensus, and the Pacific Alliance.


Depiction of the founding myth of Mexico-Tenochtitlan from the Codex Mendoza

Mēxihco is the Nahuatl term for the heartland of the Aztec Empire, namely,[35] the Valley of Mexico, and its people, the Mexica, and surrounding territories. This became the future State of Mexico as a division of New Spain prior to independence (compare Latium). It is generally considered to be a toponym for the valley which became the primary ethnonym for the Aztec Triple Alliance as a result, or vice versa. After New Spain won independence from Spain, representatives decided to name the new country after its capital, Mexico City. This was founded in 1524 on top of the ancient Mexica capital of Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

Traditionally, the name Tenochtitlan was thought to come from Nahuatl tetl [ˈtetɬ] ("rock") and nōchtli [ˈnoːtʃtɬi] ("prickly pear") and is often thought to mean "Among the prickly pears [growing among] rocks". However, one attestation in the late 16th-century manuscript known as "the Bancroft dialogues" suggests the second vowel was short, so that the true etymology remains uncertain.[36]

The suffix -co is the Nahuatl locative, making the word a place name. Beyond that, the etymology is uncertain. It has been suggested that it is derived from Mextli or Mēxihtli, a secret name for the god of war and patron of the Mexica, Huitzilopochtli, in which case Mēxihco means "place where Huitzilopochtli lives".[37] Another hypothesis suggests that Mēxihco derives from a portmanteau of the Nahuatl words for "moon" (Mētztli) and navel (xīctli).[38] This meaning ("at the navel of the moon") might refer to Tenochtitlan's position in the middle of Lake Texcoco. The system of interconnected lakes, of which Texcoco formed the center, had the form of a rabbit, which the Mesoamericans pareidolically associated with the moon rabbit. Still another hypothesis suggests that the word is derived from Mēctli, the name of the goddess of maguey.[38]

The name of the city-state was transliterated to Spanish as México with the phonetic value of the letter 'x' in Medieval Spanish, which represented the voiceless postalveolar fricative [ʃ]. This sound, as well as the voiced postalveolar fricative [ʒ], represented by a 'j', evolved into a voiceless velar fricative [x] during the 16th century. This led to the use of the variant Méjico in many publications in Spanish, most notably in Spain, whereas in Mexico and most other Spanish–speaking countries México was the preferred spelling. In recent years the Real Academia Española, which regulates the Spanish language, determined that both variants are acceptable in Spanish but that the normative recommended spelling is México.[39] The majority of publications in all Spanish-speaking countries now adhere to the new norm, even though the alternative variant is still occasionally used.[citation needed] In English, the 'x' in Mexico represents neither the original nor the current sound, but the consonant cluster [ks].

The official name of the country has changed as the form of government has changed. The declaration of independence signed on November 6, 1813 by the deputies of the Congress of Anáhuac called the territory América Septentrional (Northern America). On two occasions (1821–1823 and 1863–1867), the country was known as Imperio Mexicano (Mexican Empire). All three federal constitutions (1824, 1857 and 1917, the current constitution) used the name Estados Unidos Mexicanos[40]—or the variant Estados-Unidos Mexicanos,[41] all of which have been translated as "United Mexican States". The phrase República Mexicana, "Mexican Republic", was used in the 1836 Constitutional Laws.[42]

Other Languages
Acèh: Meksiko
Адыгэбзэ: Мексикэ
адыгабзэ: Мексикэ
Afrikaans: Meksiko
Alemannisch: Mexiko
አማርኛ: ሜክሲኮ
Ænglisc: Mexico
العربية: المكسيك
aragonés: Mexico
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܡܟܣܝܩܘ
arpetan: Mexique
asturianu: Méxicu
Avañe'ẽ: Méhiko
Aymar aru: Mïxiku
azərbaycanca: Meksika
تۆرکجه: مکزیک
bamanankan: Mɛkisiki
বাংলা: মেক্সিকো
Bân-lâm-gú: Be̍k-se-ko
башҡортса: Мексика
беларуская: Мексіка
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Мэксыка
भोजपुरी: मैक्सिको
Bikol Central: Mehiko
Bislama: Mexico
български: Мексико
Boarisch: Mexiko
བོད་ཡིག: མེག་སི་ཀོ།
bosanski: Meksiko
brezhoneg: Mec'hiko
буряад: Мексикэ
català: Mèxic
Чӑвашла: Мексика
Cebuano: Mehiko
čeština: Mexiko
Chamoru: Meksiku
Chavacano de Zamboanga: México
Chi-Chewa: Mexico
chiShona: Mexico
corsu: Messicu
Cymraeg: Mecsico
dansk: Mexico
davvisámegiella: Meksiko
Deitsch: Mexiko
Deutsch: Mexiko
ދިވެހިބަސް: މެކްސިކޯ
Diné bizaad: Naakaii Bikéyah
dolnoserbski: Mexiko
eesti: Mehhiko
Ελληνικά: Μεξικό
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Mèsic
эрзянь: Мексика
español: México
Esperanto: Meksiko
estremeñu: Méjicu
euskara: Mexiko
eʋegbe: Mexico
فارسی: مکزیک
Fiji Hindi: Mexico
føroyskt: Meksiko
français: Mexique
Frysk: Meksiko
furlan: Messic
Gaeilge: Meicsiceo
Gaelg: Meksico
Gagauz: Meksika
Gàidhlig: Meagsago
galego: México
贛語: 墨西哥
ગુજરાતી: મેક્સિકો
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌹𐌺𐍉
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: मेक्सिको
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Me̍t-sî-kô
한국어: 멕시코
Hawaiʻi: Mekiko
Հայերեն: Մեքսիկա
हिन्दी: मेक्सिको
hornjoserbsce: Mexiko
hrvatski: Meksiko
Ido: Mexikia
Ilokano: Mehiko
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: মেক্সিকো
Bahasa Indonesia: Meksiko
interlingua: Mexico
Interlingue: Mexico
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᒦᒃᓰᖂ
Iñupiak: Mexiqo
Ирон: Мексикæ
isiXhosa: Mexico
isiZulu: IMekisiko
íslenska: Mexíkó
italiano: Messico
עברית: מקסיקו
Basa Jawa: Mèksiko
kalaallisut: Mexico
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಮೆಕ್ಸಿಕೋ
Kapampangan: Mexico
къарачай-малкъар: Мексика
ქართული: მექსიკა
kaszëbsczi: Meksyk
қазақша: Мексика
kernowek: Meksiko
Kinyarwanda: Megizike
Kiswahili: Mexiko
коми: Мексика
Kreyòl ayisyen: Meksik
kurdî: Meksîk
Кыргызча: Мексика
кырык мары: Мексика
Ladino: Meksiko
лезги: Мексика
لۊری شومالی: مکزیک
latgaļu: Meksika
Latina: Mexicum
latviešu: Meksika
Lëtzebuergesch: Mexiko
lietuvių: Meksika
Ligure: Méscico
Limburgs: Mexico
lingála: Mexiko
Livvinkarjala: Meksikku
la .lojban.: mexygu'e
lumbaart: Messich
magyar: Mexikó
македонски: Мексико
Malagasy: Meksika
മലയാളം: മെക്സിക്കോ
Malti: Messiku
Māori: Mehiko
मराठी: मेक्सिको
მარგალური: მექსიკა
مازِرونی: مکزیک
Bahasa Melayu: Mexico
Baso Minangkabau: Meksiko
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Mĕ̤k-să̤-gŏ̤
Mirandés: México
мокшень: Мексик
монгол: Мексик
မြန်မာဘာသာ: မက္ကဆီကိုနိုင်ငံ
Nāhuatl: Mexihco
Dorerin Naoero: Meketiko
Nederlands: Mexico (land)
Nedersaksies: Mexico (laand)
नेपाली: मेक्सिको
नेपाल भाषा: मेक्सिको
日本語: メキシコ
Napulitano: Messeco
нохчийн: Мексика
Nordfriisk: Meksiko
Norfuk / Pitkern: Meksikoe
norsk: Mexico
norsk nynorsk: Mexico
Nouormand: Mexique
Novial: Mexiko
occitan: Mexic
олык марий: Мексика
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ମେକ୍ସିକୋ
Oromoo: Meeksikoo
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Meksika
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮੈਕਸੀਕੋ
Pälzisch: Mexiko
Pangasinan: Mexico
پنجابی: میکسیکو
Papiamentu: Mexico
Patois: Mexiko
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ម៉ិកស៊ិក
Picard: Messike
Piemontèis: Méssich
Tok Pisin: Meksiko
Plattdüütsch: Mexiko
polski: Meksyk
português: México
Qaraqalpaqsha: Meksika
qırımtatarca: Meksika
română: Mexic
Romani: Mexiko
rumantsch: Mexico
Runa Simi: Miihiku
русиньскый: Мексіко
русский: Мексика
саха тыла: Мексика
Gagana Samoa: Mekisikō
संस्कृतम्: मेक्सिको
sardu: Messicu
Scots: Mexico
Seeltersk: Mexiko
Sesotho sa Leboa: Mexico
shqip: Meksika
sicilianu: Mèssicu
Simple English: Mexico
سنڌي: ميڪسيڪو
SiSwati: IMekisikho
slovenčina: Mexiko
slovenščina: Mehika
ślůnski: Meksyk
Soomaaliga: Meksiko
کوردی: مەکسیک
Sranantongo: Meksikokondre
српски / srpski: Мексико
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Meksiko
Basa Sunda: Méksiko
suomi: Meksiko
svenska: Mexiko
Tagalog: Mehiko
Taqbaylit: Miksik
tarandíne: Messeche
татарча/tatarça: Мексика
తెలుగు: మెక్సికో
tetun: Méxiku
тоҷикӣ: Мексика
Tsetsêhestâhese: Mé'šeeséve'ho'évenó
Türkçe: Meksika
Türkmençe: Meksika
Twi: Mexico
тыва дыл: Мексика
українська: Мексика
اردو: میکسیکو
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: مېكسىكا
Vahcuengh: Maegsaego
vèneto: Mèsico
vepsän kel’: Meksik
Tiếng Việt: México
Volapük: Mäxikän
Võro: Mehhigo
walon: Mecsike
文言: 墨西哥
West-Vlams: Mexico
Winaray: Mehiko
Wolof: Meksik
吴语: 墨西哥
ייִדיש: מעקסיקע
Yorùbá: Mẹ́ksíkò
粵語: 墨西哥
Zazaki: Meksika
Zeêuws: Mexico
žemaitėška: Meksėka
中文: 墨西哥
डोटेली: मेक्सिको
ГӀалгӀай: Мексика
Lingua Franca Nova: Mexico