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Mexico, officially the United Mexican States[1] (Spanish: About this sound Estados Unidos Mexicanos), is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States of America; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico.[2] Covering almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi),[3] Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 113 million,[4] it is the world's eleventh most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.

  1. About Mexico. Embajada de Mexico en Estados Unidos (Mexican Embassy in the United States), Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Relations). Washington, D.C. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.; p. 733
  3. Mexico entry at The World Factbook
  4. "INEGI 2010 Census Statistics". Retrieved November 25, 2010.