(Estados Unidos Mexicanos)

Area: 1,958,201 square kilometers

Population: 92,380,000

Capital City: Mexico City

(population: 22,000,000)

Climate: tropical on the coasts and arid on the central plateau

Government: Federal republic, with an elected president and 31 states and a federal district.

Religion: 97% of Mexicans are Roman Catholic.

Economy: Major industries are steel, chemicals, electrical goods, textiles, rubber, petroleum, and tourism. Chief crops are cotton, coffee, wheat, rice, sugar cane, and corn.

Currency: New peso (3,122 to 1US$ in 1993)

Education & Health: 87% of the population is literate; Life expectancy of women is 76 years, while that of men is 68.