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Mexico is a country located in North America, bordered by the USA, Guatemala, and Belize. Its official name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos (which can be translated as United Mexican States). It is the most populous spanish-speaking country in the world and, its capital, Mexico City, is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the world, with almost 20 million people.
Advanced civilizations like the mayans, aztecs, olmecs, etc. were developed in the territory now known as Mexico. They were the most dominant civilizations in virtually all of the Americas until the first Spanish explorers arrived to the continent. After more than 300 years of colonialism, Mexico started its independence process which would be finished in the year 1821.
According to the World Bank, Mexico has the greates GDP per capita in Latin America, and has established itself as a middle-high income country. However, the division of the wealth is very extremist, and the gap between rich and poor is enormous. Mexico is the 9th largest economy in the world (measured by the country's GDP). Mexico has several Free Trade Agreements. NAFTA is the most important (with USA and Canada), although the agreements with the European Union and Japan are continiously increasing, as well.
Mexico is the most populous spanish-speaking country in the world and the most populous latinamerican country second to Brazil. The population in 2003 was 104M. It is estimated that 60% of the population can be considered mestizo (mixed european and indigenous ethnicity), around 30% is indigenous and 9% is white. Mexico is mostly Roman Catholic.
Mexican culture is wide and varies tremendously from region to region. In a study entitled "Â¿CuÃ¡nto vale nuestra cultura?" (How much is our culture?) the mexican government concluded that 6% of Mexico's GDP is generated by cultural industries. Several types of tourism can be found in Mexico, since it has beaches (Cancun and Playa del Carmen being extremely popular among American and European spring-breakers), ancient ruins (TeotihuacÃ¡n, Chichen-ItzÃ¡, etc.), colonial architecture (Guanajuato, Oaxaca), and industrialized, bussiness-oriented cities (Mexico City and Monterrey).