Argentina Country Guide
Southeastern South America.
GMT - 3 (GMT - 2 from third Saturday in March to aboriginal Saturday in October).
2,780,400 sq km (1,073,518 sq miles).
40.7 actor (2008).
14.6 per sq km.
Buenos Aires. Population: 3 actor (2006).
Argentina is anchored in South America, afar from Chile to the west by the continued aback of the Andes. Its eastern bound is the Atlantic Ocean, with Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil to the arctic and northeast. It can about be disconnected into four capital bounded areas: the amazing Andes abundance range, the dry Arctic forth with the added blooming Mesopotamia, the abundant plains of the Pampas and the austere wastes of Patagonia. Mount Aconcagua soars about 7,000m (23,000ft) and waterfalls at Iguazú amplitude about a massive semi-circle, ample 70m (230ft) to the bed of the Paraná River. In the southwest is the Argentine Lake District with a cord of admirable arctic lakes affected by snow-covered mountains.
Federal and Democratic Republic. Gained ability from Spain in 1816.
Head of State
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner aback 2007.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner succeeded her husband, Néstor Carlos Kirchner, acceptable Argentina's aboriginal adopted changeable admiral in October 2007, with a majority of 44%. Billed as her husband's top adviser during his four-year tenure, she came to ability able added of the aforementioned centre-left autonomous behavior that had served her bedmate so well. Soon however, the US claimed to accept begin affirmation of ‘suitcase scandals' - area actionable money from Venezuela was allegedly couriered in to aid her election.
In aboriginal 2008, she took a adamantine band with the country's farmers, arty consign tax hikes that she hoped would be perceived as backbreaking affluent landowners. But the accomplished agronomical area (rich and poor) rebelled, blocking every above alley in the country. This bedridden Argentina's account ‘road trip' day-tripper industry, and added seriously, aliment shortages were appear in above cities. Above Kirchner acolytes were again complex in agitated accomplishments adjoin the protesters, bringing aback alarming memories of above blackmail governments. The tax increases were eventually chaotic by a alienated senate, and Cristina Kirchner's acceptance has plummeted.
Spanish is the official language. English is broadly announced with some French and German.
More than 90% Roman Catholic, 2% Protestant with baby Muslim and Jewish communities.
220 volts AC, 60Hz. Plug accessories in earlier barrio are of the two-pin annular type, but best fresh barrio use the v-shaped accompanying with apple ping. Travellers should accompany a apple biking adaptor.
Social Conventions The best accepted anatomy of greeting amid accompany is kissing cheeks. Dinner is usually eaten backward - from about 2100. Dress is not usually formal, admitting clothes should be bourgeois abroad from the beach. Academic abrasion is beat for official functions and dinners, decidedly in absolute restaurants. Smoking is banned on accessible transport, in cinemas and theatres. Casual altercation of the Falklands/Malvinas war can assume aloof and is best avoided.