For clarity, we’ve referred to Mexico’s capital as Mexico City throughout this site, though Mexicans frequently refer to it simply as México, in the same way that Americans refer to New York City as New York. It’s a source of infinite confusion to visitors, but the country took its name from the city, so “México” can mean either, and in conversation it most often means the latter. The capital is also referred to as El DF (“El Day Effay”), short for “Distrito Federal”. The title Ciudad de México is used much less commonly, usually in an official context. The country as a whole is generally called ‘La República’, while any area that lies outside Mexico City and Mexico State that envelops it can be referred to as “La Provincia” (The Province), although this is not a term which is appreciated by those who live there.

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