Argentina- Culture and population
Learn more about Argentina history, culture and more in our handy guide. Find out about the Argentina population, and what you'll love about the country that will make staying there on a Working Holiday Visa so worthwhile.
Size: 2,780,400 km2, making it the eighth largest country in the world!
There are 23 provinces in Argentina: Autonomous City of Buenos Airesa, Buenos Aires Province, Catamarca, Chaco, Chubut, Córdoba, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, La Rioja, Mendoza, Misiones, Neuquén, Río Negrob, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Surc and Tucumán.
Economy: It is classified as an upper middle-income economy by the World Bank and is a self-sufficient country, benefiting from rich natural resources. Historically, however, Argentina's economic performance has been very uneven, with high economic growth alternated with severe recessions, particularly during the late twentieth century, when income maldistribution and poverty increased. Early in the twentieth century, it was one of the richest countries in the world and the richest in the Southern hemisphere, though it is now an upper-middle income country.
Climate:Argentina's climate varies between two extremes; sub zero temperatures in the south of the country and subtropical in the north.
Best time to visit: Buenos Aires is a year round destination with mild winters (May – September) and hot summers (November – March). Argentina is so large that you can travel at any time of year and experience warm weather.
Travellers may want to avoid being caught in The Zonda, which is a high-speed wind that blows throughout the country between June and November. It blows artic blizzards as well as bringing heavy rain and flooding.
Argentina history and culture
Argentina has a rich literary history, as well as one of the region's most active publishing industries. The Argentina population includes writers that have featured prominently in Latin American literature since becoming a fully united entity in the 1850s. Italian and French influences increased after the wars for independence at the beginning of the 19th century, though the academic style persisted until the first decades of the 20th century. The Argentina population is largely Spanish speaking and so there is a heavy influence of European, mainly Spanish, culture within the country. Argentina is also famous as the birthplace of the world-famous dance the 'Tango', a rhythmic and emotional dance performed to traditional Spanish guitar music. Architecture is also important to the culture of Argentina, as more recently the country's cityscape has been transformed by elaborate buildings such as The Palacio de Justicia, Colon Opera house and The Central Post office.
The official national sport of Argentina is pato, meaning "Duck", which is played with a six-handle ball on horseback. Pato was originally played by two teams on horseback using a duck in a leather pouch with handles. However the most popular sport is football, which was introduced in the 1860s by British soldiers. The Argentinian national team has become one of the best in the world and won World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986, as well as a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. It's just one more piece of Argentina history that may just make you fall in love with this country when you come here on a Working Holiday Visa.