Essential Info for Mexico

Population: About 130 million

Capital city: Mexico City 

Neighbouring countries: Mexico is bordered by the USA to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. 

Geography: Mexico is a large country sitting at the bottom of the North American continent. It has an extremely varied geography from coastal low lands to a high plateau in central Mexico. Two large mountain ranges run north to south, the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Sierra Madre Occidental. The country also consists of many islands spanning out into the Pacific Ocean.

Political system: Federal presidential republic

Major religions: Christianity and Roman Catholicism. Other religions are tolerated and freely practised.

Main language: Spanish

Money: The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN), which is divided into 100 centavos. It is relatively easy for an expat to open a bank account in Mexico, in spite of the considerable amount of paperwork. There are many universal ATMs throughout the country.

Time: GMT -6 to -8 with daylight savings. The state of Sonora is GMT -7 year-round.

Electricity: 130 volts, 60Hz. Standard plugs in Mexico are two-pin, flat-blade attachments.

Internet domain: .mx

International dialling code: +52

Emergency numbers: 066 (police and general emergencies), 065 (ambulance) 

Transport and driving: Mexico has an extensive and affordable public transport system. Cars in Mexico drive on the right side of the road.

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