Argentina Fun & Facts

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  • With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world.
  • The name "Argentina" comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The original European settlers believed the country was full of silver.
  • Argentina is subdivided into 23 provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires. Each have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system.
  • Argentina's economy is Latin America's third-largest and the second largest in South America.
  • In 2001, Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days.
  • The declaration and fight for independence of Argentina that started in 1810 was followed by an extended civil war that lasted until 1880.
  • In 1913, Argentina was the world's 10th wealthiest nation per capita. Now it's the 54th.
  • Argentina has dropped 13 zeroes off their currency since 1970, a factor of ten trillion.
  • Between 1974 and 1983, up to 30,000 people went "missing" in Argentina. Most were killed by the military junta running the country.
  • Argentina's retired soccer player Diego Maradona has his own religion made by his fans.
  • The toothpaste "Colgate" in Argentine Spanish translates to "Go Hang Yourself."
  • There is a Welsh-speaking part of Argentina. It has its own dialect of Welsh.
  • In 1971, Evita Peron's body was exhumed and flown to Spain, where Argentina's Ex-President Juan Peron and his new wife kept the corpse in their dining room.
  • A heartbroken Argentine farmer spent decades cultivating a guitar-shaped forest to honor his late wife.
  • The AMIA Bombing of Argentina in 1994 was one of the largest terrorist attacks in South America, killing 85 people.
  • Pope Francis was the first public personality in Argentina to sign a petition for justice in the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
  • The world's widest avenue is the "9th of July" in Argentina, with 14 lanes, plus 4 lanes of parallel streets.
  • If you want to buy dollars in Argentina to travel abroad, you need to send an application to the government declaring where, when and why you are traveling.
  • Argentina has the highest number of psychiatrists per capita in the world.
  • The average person in Argentina spends over 20 hours a week listening to the radio, the most of any country, a survey found.
  • 8 people were crushed to death and 2000 people injured following the funeral procession of Eva Peron in Argentina.
  • Argentina has the world's second-highest rate of anorexia, after Japan.
  • Government officials in Lionel Messi's hometown in Argentina have banned parents from naming their children "Messi."
  • In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
  • The Earth's magnetic field has been steadily weakening over the past 180 years, specially around Brazil and Argentina.
  • In 1818, the argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard attacked Monterey, California. After an hour of combat, Argentina's flag flew over it.
  • The major figure of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, was born in Argentina.
  • If you could dig a deep enough hole in China you would end up in Argentina or Chile.
  • Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.
  • 37% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent, about 12,8 million people.
  • A 3-year-long College Major in Exorcism is offered at a Lutheran Parish in Argentina.
  • In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
  • Eva Peron pushed Argentina's Congress to enact women's suffrage in 1947.
  • Pope Francis used to work as a bar bouncer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Argentina claims 965,597 km2 (372,819 sq mi) in Antarctica, where it has the world's oldest continuous state presence, since 1904.
  • In 1938, 15,000 Argentines celebrated in Buenos Aires the NAZI annexation of Austria.
  • During Argentina's dictatorship, opponents were pushed out of planes alive with weights attached to their feet so no bodies would be found as evidence.
  • In 1891, Juan Vucetich, an Argentine Police Official, made the first criminal fingerprint identification.