50 Fascinating Facts about Argentina

Argentina is a tropical paradise in South America's southernmost region. Regarding land area, it is the second biggest country in South America, with a total of 23 provincial governments. Chile lies to the south and west, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, and Brazil and Uruguay form the northeast and northeastern borders, respectively. Argentina's official language is Spanish, and Castilian Spanish is the dialect spoken by most of the population. However, the pronunciation of this dialect is slightly different from the Spanish spoken in other regions of South America. 'Vosotros' is also used in Castilian Spanish but not in other Spanish dialects.Roman Catholicism is the dominant faith in Argentina. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, in 2013. Buenos Aires is the country's capital and largest city. Since the 1800s, Buenos Aires has claimed independence from the rest of Argentina and has a population of 2,890,151. Forty-two million one hundred ninety-two thousand five hundred people are living in Argentina as a whole, according to a 2012 estimate. The Argentine peso is the country's primary means of exchange, and it has been so since the early nineteenth century. The national flag of Argentina is made up of three primary colors. Two blue stripes frame a white stripe. The golden sun shines in the center of the white stripe. Argentina's coat of arms also features a sun.

Fascinating Facts

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People of European ancestry make up around 97% of Argentina's population, Amerindians make up 1.5%, people from Asia make up 0.2%, and the remaining 1.5% are categorized as Mestizos.
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On July 9, 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain and formed a federal presidential constitutional republic as its government.
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In the years after it declared independence, they have become South America's third-largest economy. It is estimated that their overall GDP is $474.812 billion, while their per capita GDP is around $11,572. Argentina's nominal GDP places it 27th in the world, but its GDP per capita is 62nd.
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The country is blessed with abundant natural resources, a flourishing agricultural economy, and a burgeoning industrial sector.
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One of the most highly read countries in the world, Argentina prides itself on creating well-educated individuals adept at navigating the global commercial arena.
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European and Latin American history are intertwined in Argentina's past. In 1502, the first Europeans landed in Argentina and founded the city of Buenos Aires. Settlements were built and subsequently abandoned during the next two centuries.
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Argentina's Declaration of Independence was drafted in 1816. This led to the creation of a constitution in 1856, which continues to govern the country today. There are now three branches of the federal government: the executive (President, Vice President, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court). Argentina also has a Congress, Senate, and House of Representatives as part of its legislative structure.
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After lunch, adults and children return to their homes for a nap every day. Taking a little sleep is something that people all around the country do. Businesses and schools are closed during the siesta, and the country rests. Even in the capital city, a few hotels sell out rooms just for siestas.
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Argentines love to play soccer. Both children and adults like playing this game in their spare time. It's very uncommon for youngsters to start a game of soccer on the streets outside of their homes and play it with their pals until early morning.
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The Argentinian people herd cattle in broad grassy expanses known as the Pampas. Gauchos, or cowboys, possess many pampas in Argentina. Gauchos herd cattle and ensure that all their cows are fed and well-cared-for at all times.
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Argentina's climates are opposed to those seen in the North American hemisphere due to its location in the Southern Hemisphere. Argentina experiences winter during the height of the American summer season
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Argentina is home to a portion of the Andes Mountains range, extending into Chile and Peru. The Andes are a popular tourist destination because of the abundance of trekking and camping opportunities they give.
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Dance is a big part of the culture of Argentina. Many individuals regularly engage in the enjoyable pastime of ballroom dancing.
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An Argentinean guy developed the world's very first animated film. In 1917, the director Quirino Cristiani made the film "El Apostol." The film's duration was 70 minutes, and there were more than 58,000 frames in it.
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When a person is accused of committing a crime, fingerprints might be used to assess if they are guilty or innocent. After a particularly heinous murder happened in a tiny Argentine town, fingerprinting was used for the first time.
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Archaeological excavations in Argentina attract a large number of paleontologists each year. Both Argentina and Brazil are home to the world's oldest dinosaur species. P paleontologists frequently travel to Argentina to learn about this and other extinct dinosaurs.
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Argentina is a Latin word that means "silver." The early European immigrants thought the land was rich in silver and built settlements there to conduct mining operations. In the end, there was no silver to be discovered.
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The country with the most Nobel Prize winners in Latin America is Argentina. In the fields of peace and science, five Argentines have received the prestigious Nobel Prize.
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Taking public transit is preferred over owning a car in Argentina.
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El Dia de Tradicion, or Day of Tradition, is an annual Argentine holiday that occurs around November 10. The event commemorates the birth of Argentine poet Jose Hernandez, widely regarded as one of the country's finest literary luminaries. Concerts, cuisine, parades, and celebrations occur during the festival's seven-day run.
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The Argentine peso is the country's currency. This was first made available in the United States in 1992. The Peso Ley, Escudos, Soles, and Reales were in use before this.
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Spanish is the country's official language. People worldwide have had a profound impact on this language, especially Italian French immigration. English is gradually becoming the second language of choice in many parts of the country, especially in urban centers.
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Argentina is home to more than 10% of the world's flora. You'll find plenty of Parana Pines and Evergreen Beeches throughout the region.
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Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance have been designated at 14 locations. According to government figures, about 6.6% of the country's land was declared protected in 2003.
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Around 80% of the country's imports and exports pass via the port of Buenos Aires.
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Argentina's president used to select the mayor of Buenos Aires. After constitutional changes in 1996, the role of the mayor is now elected.
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Moreover, a third of the nation's workforce is represented by a labor union. More than a half-dozen million workers were part of the General Confederation of Labor that Juan Perón created during his tenure.
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Among the world's largest food producers and exporters, Argentina ranks at number 28. Over 86 million acres of farmland are available in the country. This equates to around 12.8% of the country's total land area.
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Argentina's main cash crop is wheat. As the fifth-largest wheat exporting country in the world and the largest wheat producer in South America, the country has a significant impact on the global food supply.
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It's no secret that Argentina is a wine-producing nation. Italy shipped more than 159,000 tonnes of wine in 2004, accounting for 2 percent of the world's total wine export volume.
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From the age of five to fourteen, all children in Argentina must attend school. In the United States, the school year begins in March and concludes in November.
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The Protector of the South, José de San Martin, is often regarded as Argentina's most illustrious citizen. He is well-known for his role in the liberation of Spanish-ruled South America.
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In Argentina, there are seven regions. Some of these are the Northwest, Cuyo, Patagonia, Mesopotamia, Gran Chaco, and Sierra Pampeanas.
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A period known as the dirty war began after the death of Juan Peron in 1976. Around 20,000-30,000 individuals died during this period, according to estimates.
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Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, is called the "Paris of South America" because of its European heritage. People in Argentina are nearly all of the European ancestry.
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Pato, a horse-based game, is Argentina's national sport. Football, or soccer to Americans, is the most popular sport in the region.
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More international polo championships have been won by this country than any other globally.
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Argentina is the world's second-largest beef consumer per capita, after only Hong Kong.
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Argentina's Ushuaia is often considered to be the world's southernmost city.
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Argentina is home to the continent's highest and lowest temperature records, both held by the South American country. Temperatures peaked at 120.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 1920 and -27 degrees Fahrenheit in 1907.
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Buenos Aires Avenida 9 de Julio, often called July 9 Avenue, is the world's largest street. There are a total of six lanes on either side of the route.
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Friends Day in Argentina is observed annually on July 20. Nowhere else in the world is a day dedicated to commemorating friendships. Friends come together, have parties, and have fun till the wee hours of the morning on this day.
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Argentine children with two fathers are the first to be acknowledged worldwide. There had never been another case until 2012 when a kid was born with the names of two dads on the birth certificate
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There's a third-largest freshwater supply in the world in the Perito Moreno Glacier, increasing rather than diminishing.
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Because of the low cost of treatments, Argentina is becoming renowned as a worldwide cosmetic surgery hotspot. An estimated 1 in 30 Argentines has had some aesthetic plastic surgery.
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Unfortunately, in this society, the emphasis on good looks stretches far beyond plastic surgery. Anorexia is the most common mental illness in our country. One-eighth of patients being treated for the ailment are men, proving that the issue is not limited to females alone.
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In the wake of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevera rose to fame, yet he was not a native of the island. He was born in Rosario, a suburb of Buenos Aires, rather than Buenos Aires itself. He left Argentina after graduating from medical school to join the revolution.
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Argentina is where the world's first plants were discovered. More than four hundred million years ago, the first known liverworts had neither roots nor stalks.
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In Argentina, 40% of the workforce is made up of women.
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Women hold about a third of all seats in the House of Representatives.

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