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Mexico

Background

Mexico

The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century. A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused another massive economic downturn the following year. As the economy recovers, ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON. In January 2009, Mexico assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.

About

Mexico (officially: the United Mexican States) is a country in North America, lying between the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm people, unique food, art and archeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and 21 century cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, lots of golf courses throughout the country, excellent fishing, world top destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Patzcuaro. Mexico is ranked 7th major destination for foreigner visitors, according to WTO.

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Mexico

MexicoMANDARIN ORIENTAL RIVIERA MAYA 

KM 298 CARRETERA FEDERAL NO307
PLAYA DEL CARMEN MX 77710
PLAYA DEL CARMEN MX 77710
PLAYA DEL CARMEN 77710
Mexico

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MexicoRoyal Hideaway Playacar All Inclusive 

Lote Hotelero No 6 Desarollo
Playa del Carmen 77710
Mexico

Price (US$): $874 - $941 / night

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MexicoThe Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres All Inclusive 

Condominio Playa Mujeres,
Zona Continental de Isla Mujeres
Playa Mujeres 77400
Mexico

Price (US$): $640 - $1306 / night

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MexicoSecrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta - All Inclusive 

David Alfaro Siqueiros N. 164
Colonia: Zona Hotelera Las Glorias
Puerto Vallarta 48333
Mexico

Price (US$): $447 - $1220 / night

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MexicoThe Royal in Cancun All Inclusive Spa & Resort 

Blvd Kukulcan Km 11.5 HZ
Cancun 77500
Mexico

Price (US$): $410 - $876 / night

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Mexico

Capital
Mexico City
Location

Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States

Geographic coordinates

23 00 N, 102 00 W

Area comparative

slightly less than three times the size of Texas

Border countries

Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,141 km

Coastline

9,330 km

Climate

varies from tropical to desert

Terrain

high, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; desert

Lowest point

Laguna Salada -10 m

Highest point

Volcan Pico de Orizaba 5,700 m

Natural resources

petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber

Population

112,468,855 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 30%, white 9%, other 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 76.5%, Protestant 6.3% (Pentecostal 1.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%, other 3.8%), other 0.3%, unspecified 13.8%, none 3.1% (2000 census)

Languages

Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8%; note - indigenous languages include various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional languages (2005)

Government type

federal republic

Independence

16 September 1810 (declared); 27 September 1821 (recognized by Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 16 September (1810)

Chief of state

President Felipe de Jesus CALDERON Hinojosa (since 1 December 2006); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Felipe de Jesus CALDERON Hinojosa (since 1 December 2006)

Internet country code

.mx

Internet users

31.02 million (2009)

Airports

1,819 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Altamira, Coatzacoalcos, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Salina Cruz, Veracruz

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