Essential info for Argentina

Population: About 40 million

Drives on the: Right

Capital city: Buenos Aires (also largest city)

Major Religions: Roman Catholic (90 percent)

Legal system: Presidential republic

Main languages: Spanish (official, business), English (tourist centres, large cities)

Time: GMT -3

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Older buildings use two-pin, round-pronged plugs, newer buildings use three-pin, flat-pronged plugs.

Currency: The peso (ARS), divided into 100 cents

Tipping: Standard 10 percent in cash for good service.

Emergency numbers: 101 (police), 107 (ambulance), 100 (fire)

International calling code: +54 plus relevant area code. Buenos Aires is (0)11.

Internet TLD: .ar

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