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Full country name: República Argentina
Population: 41,34 milion (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Buenos Aires
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Guarani, Araucanian, Italian
Religion: 76.5% Roman Catholics, 11.3% religiously indifferent, 9% Protestant, 1.2% Jehovah's Witnesses, 0.9% Mormons
Government: Republic
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -3 (Argentina Standard Time)
Dialling Code: 54
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Argentinian Nuevo Peso
Average yearly salary: USD 13,800

Budget: US$2-5
Mid-range: US$5-20
High: US$20-40
Top: US$40+
Budget: US$10-35
Mid-range: US$35-80
High: US$80-150
Top: US$150+

Geography: Second-largest country in South America (after Brazil); strategic location relative to sea lanes between the South Atlantic and the South Pacific Oceans (Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage); Cerro Aconcagua is South America's tallest mountain, while Laguna del Carbon is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.

Climate: The north is subtropical with rain throughout the year, while the Tierra del Fuego in the south has a sub-arctic climate. The main central area is temperate, but can be hot and humid during summer (December to February) and cool in winter. European clothes for the main central area. Lightweight cottons and linens in the north. Warm clothes are necessary in the south and during winter months in the central area.

Recommended clothing: European clothes for the main central area. Lightweight cottons and linens in the north. Warm clothes are necessary in the south and during winter months in the central area. Waterproofing is advisable for all areas.

Social conventions: The most common form of greeting between friends is kissing cheeks. Dinner is usually eaten late - from around 2100. Dress is not usually formal, though clothes should be conservative away from the beach. Formal wear is worn for official functions and dinners, particularly in exclusive restaurants. Smoking is prohibited on public transport, in cinemas and theaters. Casual discussion of the Falklands/Malvinas war can seem insensitive and is best avoided.

Food & Drink: Argentine cuisine has heavy influence of Italian, Spanish, French and other European roots, its common find restaurants that largely serve Italian, French, German and English food. Welsh community has conserve its legacy with traditional dishes. Exists a cuisine that is essentially urban and cosmopolitan and another more traditional and idiosyncratic cuisine.

Argentina is one of the major food producers in the world, it is a leading producer of beans, corn, meat, milk, wheat, soybeans. By this, lots of read meat, pastas and white bread (made with wheat flour) are especially common part of the Argentine diet.
Milanesas is a dish made up of beef, chicken or veal, beaten eggs, seasoned with paprika, salt and other ingredients; pastries of meat, cheese, sandwiches are part of their favorite cuisine. Argentineans also eat lots of vegetables and salads (tomatoes, onions, lettuce, eggplants, squashes and zucchini are common in the diet).

Another popular and tasty food are stew called Puchero, the Locro (a pork and maize stew), sweet squash in cream, the Tartas (pie), Empanadas (puff pastry stuffed with different ingredients, commonly, meat), the Dulce de Leche (a national obsession, it can be found in all corners of the country, is used to fill cakes and pancakes, spread over toasted bread), alfajores (shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche and coated in chocolate), the panqueques (delicious crepe deserts), and the "policeman's" or "truck driver's" sweet (cheese with quince paste or dulce de membrillo).

People of Argentina like to complement their meals with wines and beers, the wines are very good, the local distilleries produce their own marks, the wine on occasions is mixed with carbonated water, Quilmes is the national brand of lager.

The national drink of Argentina is an infusion called "mate". The mate is an important social ritual at family or social gatherings, with the host preparing the beverage according to the preference of each guest.

Health: There is a low risk of yellow fever, cholera and malaria in some northern provinces. It was the outbreak of yellow fever in neighbouring Brazil and Paraguay in January/February 2008, and it is recommended that all visitors bordering these countries, including Iguazu Falls, be vaccinated against yellow fever. Outbreaks of dengue fever are on the increase, and visitors are advised to avoid getting mosquito bites as there is no effective treatment for it. A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travel to Argentina as well as a typhoid vaccination for those who might eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels. Water is safe to drink in major towns and cities. Medical facilities are good in the major cities. Treatment is expensive, however, and medical insurance is advised. Asthma, sinus and bronchial ailments can be aggravated by pollution in Buenos Aires. Those with specific conditions should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medicines for the trip.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Mar 24 Maundy Thursday
Mar 25 Good Friday
Apr 2 Veterans’ Day and tribute to the fallen in the Malvinas War
Apr 2 Malvinas Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 National Day (Anniversary of the 1810 Revolution)
June 20 National Flag Day
Jul 9 Independence Day
Aug 17 Death of General José de San Martín
Oct 12 Day of the Americas (Columbus Day)
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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