Quick facts about Argentina

Tango show in Buenos Aires GiPereira/Flickr

Tango show in Buenos Aires ©GiPereira/Flickr

Argentina is an amazing tourist destination, being abundant in astonishing cultural landmarks and natural jewels. From mountains to deserts, from waterfalls to glaciers, from wine regions to national parks, the country is full of unique visitor attractions. There are some world famous sights in this fantastic South American country, including the Iguazu Waterfalls, the Los Glaciares National Park, the Tierra del Fuego National Park, Bariloche, the salt flats of Salta, the wine region of Mendoza and so on. You probably know many things about this country and its destinations. But there might be some facts you haven’t heard about. Here are some quick facts about Argentina.

The origin of Argentina’s name

The name of Argentina derives from the Latin word “Argentum” which means silver. The name first appeared in an atlas in 1536. Before, the region was referred to as “Rio de la Plata” which means “Silver River” due to the silver deposits found in the adjacent mountains.

Population and territory

The total population of Argentina is about 40 million inhabitants. The country occupies an immense area of about 2.780.400 km². Thus, Argentina is considered to be the 8th largest country of the world. It contains 23 provinces. The only autonomous city of the country is Buenos Aires.

The Iguazu Falls Nouhailler/Flickr

The Iguazu Falls ©Nouhailler/Flickr

Languages spoken in Argentina

The official and primary language spoken in Argentina is Spanish. Italian, French, English and German are also spoken in some parts of the country. As Argentina is a country of immigrants, it is obvious that the population is mixed. Most immigrants arrived here from Spain and Italy.

Religion in Argentina

More than 90% of the total population of Argentina consider themselves Christian, especially Roman Catholic. However, the country contains Latin America’s largest Jewish population.

Who are the Gauchos?

You probably heard about the term “Gauchos”. A “Gaucho” is actually the term for a cowboy in South America, mainly from the Pampas region, but in other parts of the continent’s southern region the term is also common. The Gauchos played an important role in the country’s history. They are also responsible for the excellent Argentine steaks known by millions today.

Gaucho The Travelista/Flickr

Gaucho ©The Travelista/Flickr

The origin of tango

Both the tango music and dance originate from Buenos Aires. Tango is influenced by different European and African music styles. Tango was actually created by the working class of the region. This amazing dance style spread quickly among the upper class people, too. Later it became world famous.

Tango show in Buenos Aires GiPereira/Flickr

Tango show in Buenos Aires ©GiPereira/Flickr

 

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