Essential info for Argentina
Full name: Argentine Republic
Population: About 43 million
Capital city: Buenos Aires (also largest city)
Neighbouring countries: Argentina is bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Chile to the west and Drake’s Passage to the south.
Legal system: Presidential republic
Main languages: The official language of Argentina is Spanish, which is also used the official language of business. English is spoken widely in large cities and tourist centres.
Major Religions: The most common religion in Argentina is Roman Catholicism (77 percent), but religious freedom is guaranteed by the country’s constitution and expats will be able to practice their religion in peace.
Time: GMT -3
Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Old buildings use two-pin, round-pronged plugs, whereas newer buildings use three-pin, flat-pronged plugs.
International calling code: +54 plus relevant area code. Buenos Aires is (0)11
Internet domain: .ar
Money: The official currency of Argentina is the peso (ARS), which is divided into 100 cents. Most expats do not open bank accounts in Argentina, opting rather for offshore accounts. This is because as confidence in Argentine banks remains low and there is often excessive paperwork. There are many ATMs in and around Argentina’s larger cities.
Emergency numbers: 101 (police), 107 (ambulance), 100 (fire)
Transport and driving: Argentina has an extensive road network that spans the entire country. Most areas of Argentina are covered by a comprehensive public transport system, particularly in and around the country’s large cities. Vehicles in Argentina drive on the right side of the road.
Education: Argentina provides free public education for all of its residents, including expats, though this is almost exclusively provided in Spanish. There are numerous private and international schools in Argentina, most notably in Buenos Aires.