Interesting facts about Argentina

Posted in History Around The World | January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Argentina is a great country in South America and has a history dating back to ancient times. Let us know some of the facts about this fascinating country.

It was in the year 1816, that Argentina became an independent country. It got free from the clutches of Spain.

It is today the 30th largest country in the world in terms of population and has more than 40 million people living here today.

Peso is the official Argentinean currency.

Argentina is one of those countries which started radio broadcasting services. It was in the year 1920 that the first radio broadcast was made here in this country. Can you believe it that there were barely 20 receivers for the broadcast in those days?

76 years is the average life expectancy rate in Argentina.

Another interesting fact about Argentina is that only about 10% of Argentineans have got a private health insurance.

The literacy rate here however is really good with around 97.6%of literacy rate. This makes Argentina the 58th literate country in the world.

Spanish is the official language here but many speak German and Italian too. Native languages are not uncommon here even today.

The national Argentinean sport is Pato. This is similar to a mix of basketball and polo.

Argentina follows the sport of football very closely and is very passionately associated with the game.

This interesting fact that wine is a major export product in Argentina is known to all.

All children today love to watch animated movies today. The world’s first such animated movie was make in Argentina. Isn’t that wonderful? It was released here and it was Quirino Cristiani who was responsible for this sometime in the year 1917.

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina has the Teatro Colon which is the greatest opera house in the whole world.

Argentina has a great movie watching rate. Not only the local movies but also Hollywood movies are a pure rage here.

Isn’t it an interesting fact that more than 750,000 people in Argentina are illegal immigrants?

Did you know that around 20% of Argentinean population does not have proper running water or proper plumbing indoors?

There is great production of soybeans, honey, sunflower seeds, wheat and maize in Argentina.

Argentina has a great crocodile population.

Argentina has a varying landscape with mountains in the west and plateau in the south and a grassy plain in the central portion of the country.

Argentineans are mostly Roman Catholics.

Do you know how Argentina got its name? There were these Spanish conquerors that came here in search of silver. Silver is called Argentum. So the place got its name. That they didn’t get silver is altogether another matter but they began to regard the fertile soil here as equal to silver!

Argentina has got the Roman Catholic Church under the protection of the Government and the rule is that both the vice president and the president should be Catholics.

In the year 1976 Argentina faced a lot of military government thus having the Constitution suspended and the president being removed from office.

Argentina is made up of 22 provinces, one federal district one island territory. This island territory the Tierra del Fuego has a governor who is elected by the President.

Argentina has free education for secondary and primary education. It is a rule here that all children between 6 to 14 years old should attend school but it is totally different thing that only very few of them actually finish school.

Argentina is truely a mystic country.

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