Latin American countries are especially similar to Mexico in that they are generally Catholic, speak Romance languages, and have similar governments
The Country Similarity Index (ISP) shared the list of the countries most similar to Mexico and the countries least similar to Mexico, The Country Similarity Index (ISP) integrates 60 geographic, demographic, cultural, political, and technological variables to establish how similar the countries are.
There are many countries with a high degree of similarity to Mexico. Latin American countries are especially similar to Mexico in that they are generally Catholic, speak Romance languages, and have similar governments. It could be argued that several different countries are more similar to Mexico, as the former have similar scores.
One surprising country that did not make the top 5 is Guatemala. One reason is that Guatemala has a much greater indigenous influence. About 30% of its people speak a Mayan language natively instead of Spanish. In addition, it has one of the highest percentages of Protestants in Latin America, although Catholics are still in the majority there. It is also less prosperous than Mexico.
All four of the five least similar countries are located around the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Although these countries also have dry climates like Mexico, but their landscapes are more arid. They also have significantly different cultural and demographic differences. They all have significant Muslim populations.
The 10 countries most similar to Mexico
- Colombia is the only South American country that borders the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It shares similar culture and demographics with Mexico. Both countries have a presidential government system with civil law legal systems. Colombia’s electrical system is also very similar to Mexico’s, since it uses types A, B and a similar voltage. In addition, Colombia and Mexico have the most prominent drug cartels in history.
- Costa Rica was originally part of the Mexican Empire, but later became independent. Like Colombia, it also has a demographic and culture similar to Mexico. Furthermore, Mexico and Costa Rica have a similar GDP per capita. However, Costa Rica is a safer and more peaceful country. It is one of the few countries that does not have a permanent army. Also, it rains much more on average than Mexico.
- Ecuador is another Spanish-speaking country, similar to Mexico. It has a particularly similar demographic, with a high percentage of mestizos, yet it has a higher percentage of Africans. Although Ecuador is more tropical, both countries are quite mountainous and have roughly the same percentage of agricultural land.
- The agriculture of El Salvador is similar to that of Mexico. Both countries grow a lot of beans and corn. Although its culture and demographics are generally similar to those of Mexico, it is less wealthy and has a less developed infrastructure. Also, his government is more religious. While abortion is completely legal in Mexico, El Salvador is more conservative. It is one of the few countries that has banned abortion without exception. El Salvador is also more densely populated.
- Venezuela is another Spanish-speaking country of that country that borders the Caribbean Sea. It also has a similar sports culture. Both countries have won Olympic medals in boxing, taekwondo, and athletics. Also, both countries love soccer, but also have an interest in baseball and basketball. However, his government is significantly less democratic and more anarchic.
- Dominican Republic
The 10 least similar places to Mexico
- Sudan is a predominantly Muslim country in the Sahara desert, with very little infrastructure. It recently lost some territory to the newly formed country of South Sudan. Its conservative government policies are quite different from Mexico’s. The country is also much less democratic.
- Somalia is another African country with little resemblance to Mexico. Its government policies influenced by its Muslim population are extremely conservative, compared to the more liberal Mexico. Also, their diet is quite different as Somalis drink very little alcohol and eat little meat. The biggest similarity between the two countries is that they have dry climates. They both also use the Latin alphabet.
- Yemen is located in the Arabian Desert across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia and Sudan. It is another Muslim country with little demographic, cultural or technological similarity to Mexico. His government is also less democratic and more anarchic. Yemen also has many more firearms and its gun control laws are much less restrictive. Still, both countries are quite mountainous and have a lot of coastline.
- Bangladesh is another Muslim country on this list that is very conservative, unlike Mexico. Furthermore, Bangladesh is located in a low humid river delta landscape and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. By comparison, Mexico is dry, mountainous, and sparsely populated. His cuisine is also very different. While that of Mexico is based mainly on corn, that of Bangladesh is based on rice. Its sports culture is especially different, as Bangladesh is much more interesting in cricket than in soccer.
- Eritrea is located in the Red Sea, near Somalia. His government is a one-party totalitarian dictatorship. Like other countries on this list, it has an underdeveloped infrastructure. Although their population is approximately 50% Christian, they are part of the unique Eastern Orthodox denomination. The other 50% are Muslim. From a linguistic point of view, Eritrea also has no similarities, as they speak Afro-Asian languages and use the Ge’ez script. Still, the country has a dry climate like Mexico’s and is also quite mountainous.
- North Korea
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