Is Mexico A First World Country

Mexico is located in North America; it shares an extensive land border with the United States of America. Mexico thus shares a similar history and culture with America; even its cultural influences are present in the country in the form of music, food, dress, and festivities.

Mexico has a population of 129 million people, and a land area of 1,972,550 km2. Mexico’s land is unique; the ecosystem is mega-diverse, and the country also has beautiful beaches, some of them overlooked by hillsides.

Mexico is full of hard-working and friendly people, the unfortunate thing is that the country does not get very good portrayal by the media, especially by the movie industry.

Is Mexico A First World Country?

No, Mexico is not a first world country. That is the short answer to the question. But most people who ask that question often do not even know the meaning of what they are asking. The term First World Country is quite fluid; it has come to have different meanings over time.

The parlance first showed up during the Cold War; and it was more political than anything else. At that time it meant countries that supported the US and its allies against the Soviet Union and its friends.

This also meant countries that leaned towards the ideals of the US, like capitalism, democracy, and free market economics. On the other side of the spectrum; countries that supported the Soviet Union were perceived as totalitarian countries; governed by fear more than anything else.

By that old definition, no, Mexico was not a first world country because it did not actively fight against the Soviets, but was rather kept busy by an internal conflict called the Mexican Dirty War.

Some have even stated that Mexico saw the Cold War as an unnecessary act of aggression by imperialist powers whose financial backers wanted to force their way into the markets of other countries for the purpose of making profits.

What Does First World Mean Today?

After the conclusion of the Cold War, the term First World has taken another meaning; it now refers to developed countries with robust, industrialized economies, and with balanced societies where the people live in peace and comfort.

Interestingly, many of these rich countries have the right social and political conditions that allow for such massive investments. That also means they are largely capitalist countries (with individual variations), and they have very good employment rates, with the workers putting back what they earn into the country via purchases.

These countries also have high literacy rates, low mortality rates, and solid public services including security, healthcare, and transportation.

How Does Mexico Fare?

With such a close geographical connection with the US, it is interesting to discover how Mexico does in this regard. Mexico is classified as a developing country, not a First World Country. But then many powerful countries are classified as developing countries including China, Brazil, and the UAE.

But there is a rowdy argument about this placement; some argue that Mexico has all it takes to deserve a higher placement in the community of countries for the following reasons.

Mexico Has A Steady Democracy

Mexico is as steady a democracy as you will ever get; this country has not been involved in an internal conflict for several decades, and the transition from one government to another is usually peaceful and transparent.

Mexico has a president, a Senate, and a Judicial system. There is also a chamber of deputies, and a there are distinct legislatures for the states as well as for the federation. Politics in the country is done in a multiparty system, although there are traditionally 3 dominant parties.

The people play an important role in governance; they simply vote out all those whose tenures they find to be unpleasant, and they vote in those who convince them about having good policies and strategies for growth and development.

Mexico Is Industrialized

Mexico is an industrialized country; this is the biggest vehicle manufacturing country in North America. Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Kia all have plants in the country, while many more auto makers at least produce some parts for their assembly lines in Mexico, while the finished goods are assembled somewhere else.

Aside from manufacturing cars, Mexico also has an electronics sector that is brimming with life. Electronics represents about 30% of the country’s exports; televisions, displays, computers, mobile phones, circuit boards, semiconductors, and such components for electronic appliances make up the bulk of this sector.

Mexico Has A Good Education Sector

The literacy rate in Mexico is good; as a result most people in the country can read and write. They can therefore contribute to the growth of the country, as well as participate in the electoral process. Mexico has some prestigious schools some over 100 years old. There are private and public schools in the country, and the public schools are well funded.


Mexico is a mega-diverse area; there is a huge depth in the flora and fauna making up a unique ecosystem. This is one of the driving factors boosting tourism- people (including researchers) come into the country from all over the world to see these ecosystems. Mexico is also a perfect holiday spot; the weather is warm and humid, and there are great beaches and waves and surfs.

There are also ancient ruins of civilizations past, as well as historical ports, and other attractions that draw people into the country for visits. The tourism sector is well developed; there are excellent hotels, as well as less expensive inns and motels throughout the country. Tourism is an important source of jobs and a major contributor to the economy.



As for the question of whether Mexico is a First World Country, the answer is no. However, that does not take anything away from the country- it is developing at a rapid pace, and already has a good position in global market in things like car manufacture and electronics.