México is the largest country in Central America and the third largest in North America. It shares borders with only three countries: Belize, Guatemala, and the United States. Some quick facts about México include:
- Spanish is spoken by more than 90% of the people, though a small number of people still speak indigenous languages such as Maya and Nahuatl.
- The country’s 31 states span three time zones.
- The majority of Mexicans are Christians, with over three quarters of the population following Roman Catholic traditions.
- The popular Christmas-time plant, the poinsettia, grows in México. The plant was brought to America in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett; the United States Minister to México.
- Maize was cultivated in México over 4,000 years ago and, today, the country is one of the world’s major suppliers of the crop.
- México ranks third in the world in terms of number of airports, just behind Brazil and the United States.
- 91% of the population is literate and it is generally expected that most citizens will complete a high school education.
Text by Elise Webb.