General Information:

Capital: Mexico City

Religion: 83% Catholic

National Language: Spanish

Population: 126,577,691

Government: Federal 

Total Area: 1,972,550 km



  • 68 indigenous languages are spoken in Mexico.
  • Mexico is home to one of the most unique agricultural systems in the world, the chinampas.
  • Mexico has 59 endemic corn varieties.
  • Mexico is home to the third largest peak in North America, the Pico de Orizaba.
  • Color television was invented in Mexico by Guillermo González Camarena.
  • Mexico has 34 UNESCO world heritage sites and is also home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.


Doing Business:

  • Make sure you are punctual and on time for any meeting, but do not be surprised if your Mexican counterpart is 30 minutes late. It’s common in a lot of Latino cultures, so just be patient!
  • If you do not have a fully bilingual member in your team, you should consider hiring an interpreter, preferably a native speaker.
  • Strangers shake hands when meeting and leaving each other. Mexicans usually hold the gesture longer than we do.
  • Standing with hands on the hips may be considered aggressive.
  • Mexicans do business with friends. If they feel uneasy around you, chances are you won’t be closing any deals.
  • Business in Mexico is done in person, not over the phone or email.
  • Do not refuse drinks (usually coffee) offered to you during the meeting.
  • Being direct and to the point may be perceived as rude or aggressive. Be gracious and polite.
  • Because relationships come first, negotiations tend to move slowly.
  • When in doubt, it is better to be overdressed.


August 5, 2019