Argentina

Introduction

The capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires, their major language is Spanish, and they are located in South America with the population being 41.45 million, and the life expectancy of 76.01 years.

Geography

Their major cities are Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Mendoza.

Their major landmarks are Mesopotamia Region, Gran Chaco Region, Pampas Region, and Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

One major landform, the Pampas, one of the largest fertile plains in the world, covers almost one third of Argentina's land area.

Climate

Annual rainfall:

In central Argentina, the average annual rainfall varies between 1,000 mm to the east, and 500 mm in the west towards the Andes, where it has a temperate continental climate, with very hot summers and mild winters.

Average temperature:

Search ResultsAverage annual temperatures range from 24°C (75°F) to 11°C (51°F) in Buenos Aires (sea level) and Córdoba (420m/1270ft), and 24°C (75°F) to 8°C (46°F) in Mendoza (820 m/2484ft). Further south the weather becomes colder with a mean temperature of 0 degrees in winter for the city of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego

Culture

Type of Government:

The government of Argentina, functioning within the framework of a federal system, is a presidential representative democratic republic. The President of Argentina is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the President. Legislative power is vested in both the Executive and the National Congress. The Judiciary is independent from the Executive and from the Legislature.

Major Religions:

Argentina is predominantly Roman Catholic, with 2% of the population Protestant and another 2% of the population Jewish. Currently a steady rise of Evangelicals has occurred in recent decades, mainly due to the lower classes converting from Catholic.

Popular music:

The music of Argentina is known mostly for the tango, which developed in Buenos Aires and surrounding areas, as well as Montevideo, Uruguay. Folk, pop and classical music are also popular, and Argentine artists like Mercedes Sosa and Atahualpa Yupanqui contributed greatly to the development of the nueva canción.

Popular food:

Typical foods[edit] Dulce de leche, a popular national spread used to fill cakes and pancakes, eaten over toast, and as an ice cream flavour. Most regions of Argentina are known for their beef-oriented diet. In Argentina the Spanish term,"Carne", which means meat, is assumed to be beef in Argentina.

Major sports:

Argentine achievements can be found both in team sports such as association football, basketball, field hockey and rugby union, and individual sports such as boxing, golf, tennis and rowing. Pato, the national sport, is not very popular.

Interesting Facts

Unusual Laws:

1) Chewing gum in Singapore: Singapore likes to keep its street clean. Chewing bubble gum has been banned in Singapore for over two decades. While the only penalty is a fine, it's probably best to respect the city's wishes and keep your gum at home.

2) Dying in Sarpourenx: We're not exactly sure how this one is enforced... In the village of Sarpourenx, in southwest France, Mayor Gerard Lalanne has forbidden residents to die. In 2008, he issued an ordinance stating that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish" and if they do, "offenders will be severely punished."

3) Feeding the birds in Venic: While it was once a tradition for tourists to turn themselves into human bird perches by holding out a handful of birdseed, the practice is sadly illegal. According to Europe Up Close, those who violate the rule can be fined up to $700.

4) Getting comfy in Buenos Aire: The Argentine government doesn't want you to get too comfy. Featherbeds were officially made illegal because lawmakers believed "such an indulgence induces and encourages lascivious feelings," according to the Argentina Independent. Apparently all other beds are safe.

5) Lighting up in Bhuta: If you're a smoker, don't plan on buying cigarettes in Bhutan -- or bringing them in either. The small Himalayan country is notoriously harsh when it come to the nation's smoking ban. There is a 100% tax on tobacco products at customs and smoking in public will cost you a hefty fine. Selling tobacco products is grounds for imprisonment.

6) Running out of gas in German: The autobahn highway famously has large stretches with no posted speed limit, allowing drivers to go as fast as their hearts desire. But don't use all your gas up and get caught with an empty tank. While it's not technically illegal to run out of fuel, it is unlawful to stop for any reason other than an emergency. Running out of gas is not considered an emergency.

7) Wearing heels in Greece: If you show up to an ancient Greek site in high heels, you'll have to tour barefoot. In order to preserve the sites, the government has banned shoes that could injure the monuments.

Story Behind the Flag:

The national flag of Argentina is a triband, composed of three equally wide horizontal bands coloured light blue, and white. There are multiple interpretations on the reasons for those colors. The flag was created by Manuel Belgrano, in line with the recent creation of the Cockade of Argentina, and was first raised at the city of Rosario on February 27, 1812, during the Argentine War of Independence. The National Flag Memorial was later built on the site. The First Triumvirate did not approve the use of the flag, but the Asamblea del Año XIII allowed the use of the flag as a war flag. It was the Congress of Tucumán which finally designated it as the national flag, in 1816. A yellow Sun of May was added to the center in 1818.

Travel Tips:

Money: Argentina has a lot of corruption within its monetary system. It is important not to carry large bills and to examine the bills that you are spending and receiving. Although Argentines are happy and tourist friendly, that does not mean that one of them might give you back a counterfeit bill.

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