Mexico: Cultural Advice
Mexico is a very modern country with a very diverse and rich culture. It is characterized
by its mestizo heritage, a convergence of European and ancient Mesoamerican blood.
This mix of culture and traditions provides for a wide array of cultural expressions and
a variance in interaction from region to region throughout the country, impacting both
business and everyday activities.
Although approximately 15 percent of Mexico’s population is indigenous, interactions are
rarely based on racial discrimination. The financial and economic gap between classes
is a much larger factor. Being well-dressed, speaking other languages, having a good
financial situation, going to good schools and finishing college all influence the way a
person is treated in society and in the job market much more than the person’s ethnic
An important feature to be aware of is more than 95 percent of the population is Roman
Catholic. Mexicans are extremely family-oriented and tend to be more traditional and
or conservative when asked about major issues involving life. It isn’t rare to find many
family businesses that have been operated by more than three generations, or children
over the age of 26 who still live with their parents.