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Argentina is a country in South America which covers an area of 2,766,890 km2 (1,068,302 sq mi) (excluding territorial claims). It extends 3,800 km (2,361 mi) from North to South—from latitude 22º to 55º South. Argentina has borders with Uruguay, Brasil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile with a total border length of 9,376 km (5,826 mi). The name Argentina comes from the Latin "argentum", meaning "silver" and was first used by the early Spanish conquerors visiting the Río de la Plata. The present population of the country is approximately 39 million inhabitants, mainly concentrated in the urban agglomerations of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario.

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Tigre's riverbank

Tigre is a town in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, situated in the north of Greater Buenos Aires, 28 km (17 mi) north of Buenos Aires city. Tigre lies on the Paraná Delta and is an important tourist and weekend attraction, easily reached by bus and train services, including the scenic Tren de la Costa. It is the principal town of the Tigre Partido...

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Las Leñas

Las Leñas is one of the largest Andean ski resorts in Argentina, together with Cerro Catedral in San Carlos de Bariloche, located in the western part of Mendoza Province. It is well known for its powder snow, good climate and excellent opportunities for extreme and off-piste skiing. Construction of the ski center began January 1983, and by July 1983 it opened with a hotel of 300 beds. The ski area has a good diversity of slopes ranging from very easy to extreme, including a good range of off-piste areas apt for extreme skiing. The skiable area base starts at an altitude of 2,240 m above mean sea level (7,350 feet) and goes up to 3,430 m (11,253 ft) for a total drop of 1,200 m (3,937 ft). The skiable surface amounts to 2.3 km2 (1 sq mi), with 27 runs and a maximum non-stop skiable distance of 7 km (4 mi) (not including off run alternatives). The total ski area reachable by land is the largest in South America.

Did you know

  • ...that Argentina has the highest percentage of psychoanalysts per capita in the World, followed by France?
  • ...that Lake Argentino (in Spanish, Lago Argentino) is the biggest lake in Argentina, with a surface area of 1,466 km2 (566 sq mi) (maximum width: 20 km (12 mi)). It has an average depth of 150 m (492 ft), and a maximum of 500 m (1,640 ft)?
  • ...that the Buenos Aires Metro, opened in 1913, is the oldest subway system in the Southern Hemisphere and in the Spanish-speaking world?
  • ...that the average high temperature in Ushuaia is 9C (48F)?

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Argentina News

  • 10 January Argentine President Cristina Kirchner's firing of the country's central bank president last Wednesday has provoked a constitutional crisis, not unlike the one that rocked Honduras last summer. As with then-Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, Mrs. Kirchner has tried to run roughshod over her nation's laws. She blithely ignored legal protections of bank independence. Not surprisingly, central banker Martín Redrado refused to go and challenged her reason for sacking him: his refusal to hand over to her $6.6 billion in bank reserves. In response, Mrs. Kirchner issued a decree to amend the bank's charter so that she could push Mr. Redrado out "legally." A federal judge then issued an injunction in favor of Mr. Redrado, and on Friday he returned to his bank post. The same judge froze the bank's reserves so Mrs. Kirchner couldn't take them. The constitutional battle lines were drawn.WSJ
  • 5 January Argentine singer Sandro, whose gyrating pelvis and romantic ballads brought comparisons to Elvis Presley and made him the first Latin American to sing in Madison Square Garden, died Monday of complications from heart and lung transplant surgery. He was 64. Sandro, who recorded 52 albums, acted in 16 movies and was awarded a Latin Grammy for career achievement in 2005, suffered from chronic lung disease that led to the Nov. 20 surgery. He died at the Italian Hospital in the Argentine city of Mendoza, said Dr. Claudio Burgos.ABC News
  • 1 January Thousands gathered at the Obelisk in the center of Argentina's capital on Friday for the symbolic start of the Dakar Rally. Competitors embarked on a 215-mile drive to the city of Colon. The real racing on the 5,600-mile journey across Argentina and Chile begins Saturday for more than 350 drivers in cars, motorbikes, quads and trucks. The finish is back in Buenos Aires on Jan. 16. The rally was moved to South America in 2009 because of safety concerns and the possibility of a terrorist attack in Africa.USA Today
  • 30 December A former Catholic archbishop in Argentina has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual abuse of a seminary student in 1992, a court report said Wednesday. Former Archbishop Edgardo Gabriel Storni "acted with total impunity" and there was enough proof to convict him, Judge Maria Amalia Mascheroni said in the sentencing.CNN
  • 29 December Rain-fueled flooding in Argentina has killed at least two people and forced the evacuation of 3,000 residents, officials said Tuesday. The city of San Antonio de Areco, in northern Buenos Aires Province, was hit particularly hard, with 90 blocks underwater, Gov. Daniel Scioli told the state-run Telam news agency. He said the flooding was unlike any he had seen, and it caught the area by surprise.CNN
  • 14 December Argentina, a nation that prides itself on having more cattle than people, may soon be forced to import beef to keep its meat-loving citizens happy at the dinner table. Intense government efforts to keep meat affordable through taxes, export restrictions and price controls have enabled Argentines to eat record amounts of beef this year, but the short-term bonanza has come at a very steep cost. With little or no profit left in meat, ranchers are selling out, slaughtering even the female cows needed to maintain their herds.ap through msnbc
  • 14 December Argentine soccer club Banfield claimed the first league title in its 113-year history on Sunday, finishing on top of the Apertura standings despite a 2-0 loss at Boca Juniors. Newell's Old Boys, which trailed Banfield by two points entering the final round, missed their chance with a 2-0 loss at San Lorenzo. A victory by Newell's and a loss by Banfield would have given Newell's a sixth championship. ap
  • 2 December A federal judge in Buenos Aires has barred same-sex “marriage” from taking place in the Argentinean capital this week, overturning a decision by a lower court judge who had previously ruled it to be unconstitutional to prohibit marriage between two persons of the same sex. Judge Martha Gomez Alsina ruled that the lower court judge did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the country’s Civil Code, which states that marriage is a contract between one man and one woman.CNA
  • 2 November A trial began on Monday for Argentina’s last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, a retired general, as well as for five former generals and two others who are accused of kidnappings and murders that prosecutors say took place in the Campo de Mayo military base. General Bignone is accused of holding ultimate responsibility for myriad cases of torture, illegal break-ins and deprivations of human rights from 1976 to 1978, before he was appointed president by the military junta in the waning years of the dictatorship.NYT



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