• Facts about Argentina

    Full Country Name:
    República Argentina
    Area:
    2,776,890 sq km (1,083,000 sq mi)
    Population:
    37,813,000
    GDP - Per Capita:
    $10,200 (2002 est.)
    Capital City:
    Buenos Aires (pop 12 million)
    People:
    85% European descent, 15% mestizo , Indian and other minorities
    Language:
    Spanish, plus 15 indigenous languages
    Religion:
    93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% Protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukranian Catholic, 1% Orthodox
    Government:
    Republic
    President:
    Nestor Kirchner
    Weather:
    Since Argentina is an enormous country the weather varies throughout the nation. For Buenos Aires an average summer (January-March): 20°C - 35°C and an average winter (June-September): 0°C - 15°C
    Major Industries:
    Food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel, agribusiness
    Major Trading Partners:
    Brazil, USA and the European Union
    Nightlife:
    In cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is famous world wide due to all the variety of entertainment it offers to its residents as well to its visitors
    Internet Users:
    4.88 million users
    Transportation:
    Good public services. Small subway/metro/tube network with very large bus network (over 400 bus lines)
    Museums:
    Most of them are closed on Monday
    Tax Returns:
    At the airport you can get back 21% of the IVA (impuesto al valor agregado). This takes place when you purchase national products for the amount of U$ 200 or more (per bill) at the different shops identified with the "TAX FREE" sign
    Note:
    These shops are not easy to locate, most are in shopping malls and centre.
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