Torres del paine national park

Argentina Country Information

ARGENTINA

About Argentina

Comprising almost the entire southern half of South America, Argentina is the world’s eighth largest country, covering an area of 2.8 million square km. Argentina possesses some of the world’s tallest mountains, expansive deserts, and impressive waterfalls, with the diversity of the land ranging from wild, remote areas in southern Patagonia to the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires in the north.

Geography

Argentina is located in the southern extreme of South America. With a continental  extension of 2.791.810 Km2.(including Malvinas Islands, other South Atlantic Islands and part of Antarctica). Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the eighth in the world.
Including the Antarctic Sector, Argentina claims a total area of 3.761.274 Km2
It  is some 1425 Km across at its widest  from east to west and  stretches 3.800 Km from the north to the south.
it is bounded by Bolivia and Paraguay on the north,  Brasil, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and by the Atlantic Ocean and Chile on the west and south.

Politics

Argentina is a democratic republic consisting of 23 provinces, the autonomous Federal Capital (whose limits coincide with those of the city of  Buenos Aires), the Antarctic sector claimed to be Argentine, the Malvinas Islands, and several South Atlantic Islands.

Economy

The economy of Argentina is an upper middle-income economy, and Latin America’s third largest. The country benefits from rich natural resources, a highly literate population, an export-oriented agricultural sector and a diversified industrial base. An upper-middle income economy, Argentina maintains a relatively high quality of life and GDP per capita. Argentina is considered an emerging market by the FTSE Global Equity Index, and is one of the G-20 major economies.

Argentina’s economic performance has historically been very uneven, in which high economic growth alternated with severe recessions, particularly during the late twentieth century, and income maldistribution and poverty increased. Early in the twentieth century it was one of the richest countries in the world and the third largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Language

Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the great majority of Argentinians.
English, French and Italian are, in lesser or greater degree, widespread languages within the country

Weather

Argentina has exceptional natural beauties, for it comprises a diverse territory of mountains, plateaux and plains with all the climatic variations
There are several climatic and landscape regions. We will focus on Patagonia seeing as that is where we travel to. Patagonia is the largest region with the coldest climate (especially in the southern part). The west consists mainly of a montaneous landscape peppered with spectacular woods, lakes and glaciers. The centre offers sterile plateaux and the east  vast beaches with spectacular and unique colonies of marine animals for sightseeing. The southern extreme of this region makes up the southermost point of the world.

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