Argentina is situated in southeast South America. It shares its
northern border with Bolivia and Paraguay; its eastern border
with Brazil and Uruguay; the west and part of the south with Chile,
and the south and most of the east with the Atlantic Ocean.
Argentina occupies a continental surface area of 2,791,810 square
kilometers (4,466,896 sq. mi.) with an extension of 3,800 km (6,080
MI) from north to south and 1,425 km (2,280 MI) from east to west.
Its population is 37 million inhabitants, 11 of which are concentrated
in Buenos Aires. The majority of the Argentine population
is of mostly European decent, mainly Italian and Spanish, with
an indigenous minority that represents only 0.5% of the population.
Politically, Argentina is a federal republic, divided in 23
provinces and a federal district that
correspond to the Federal Capital
or the center of Buenos Aires. This system recognizes three governments;
executive (overseen by the president of the republic), Legislative
(Congress of the nation) and Judicial (supreme court justice).
The official language in Argentina is Spanish, which is
spoken with a different accent than the majority of the Latin
American countries. For example, the pronoun "tu" (you)
is replaced with "vos". In some areas of Argentina they
also speak guaraní and some other particular indigenous dialects.
Although the general public does not speak English, the people
who work in the hotel and tourism industry dominate the language.
While the majority of the population claims to be apostolic catholic
(93%), the official religion of Argentina, there is total freedom
of religion and worship.
Aires is situated on the east side of Argentina next to
Río de la Plata (river). It is the ninth highest populated
city in the world and possesses 47 districts, each one with
its own characteristics and history. The people of this city
are known as porteños.
Buenos Aires is one of the most European cities in Latin America
and many call it the Paris of South America, thanks to its
French style buildings, large variety of plazas, fountains
and sculptures. Furthermore, Buenos Aires is a very cosmopolitan
city due to the different groups of immigrants that have arrived
to Argentina. The streets of Buenos Aires are full of life,
with many places remaining open throughout the night as well
as some music stores, bookstores and magazine kiosks. The cultural
life in Buenos Aires is considered one of the most important
in the southern cone of South America and several theaters
feature world famous performances and shows and present artists
from all over the globe.
Buenos Aires is a charming and entertaining city, despite the
economic crisis that has affected the countenance of this capital.
It is, without a doubt, one of the most attractive metropolis
cities in Latin America.
Map of Buenos Aires
Since Spanish is the official language, Argentina is the perfect country to learn how to speak. You can find Spanish language schools in Buenos Aires and other cities.
You can also learn Spanish on line. Visit www.spanishprograms.com (Learn Spanish)