51 Super Interesting Facts About Argentina

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Argentina formally known as the Argentine is country a popular for its tourist attractions and so many beautiful scenes. There is a lot of general knowledge about Argentine, but there are untold stories about Argentine that will surprise you. Do you know that Argentina once had 5 presidents in 10 days?

We will be uncovering a lot of such stories in this article. If you are looking to visit Argentine or you just want to know more about that beautiful country, this article will surely be an eye opener for you.

1. The name Argentina is derived from the Latin name of silver, Argentum.

2. Argentina once had 5 presidents in 10 days.  2001, the crisis in Argentina saw 5 presidents in seats in just 10 days.

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3. The largest population of Magellanic penguins in the world is found in Argentina.

4.  Argentina is the first country to have used fingerprints for identification in solving crimes.

5. The Iglesia Maradoniana is a church in Argentina created by fans of Diego Maradona to worship him.

6. The most popular sport in Argentina. Argentina is also home to two most famous football players Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

7. Argentina is the 2nd largest country in South America and also the 8th largest in the world.

8. Argentinean culture is a blend of Latin American and European cultures together with other indigenous cultures.

9. The Church of Maradona has its own 10 commandments, one of them being ‘Don’t proclaim Diego as a member of any single team’.

10. Argentina has the largest population of psychologists per capita of any other country in the world.

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11. Despite soccer being the most popular sport in Argentina, its national sport is pato a horse racing sport.

12. Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina and is denoted by the dollar symbol ‘$’.

13. The country was originally called the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata by the Spanish Empire.

14. Pope Francis was a nightclub bouncer in a city in Argentina called Buenos Aires.

15. The first person ever to be born in Antarctica wa Emilio Marcos Des Palma Morella and Argentinean. His mother Silvia Morella de Palma was sent to Antarctica when she was 7 months pregnant to try and stake claim to a part of the continent.

16. The most popular tourist attraction in Argentina is the Iguazu Falls followed by the Teatro Colón.

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Iguazu Falls Argentina Photo: Nila Sweeney/CNN

17. The 7 wonders of Argentina include El Perito Moreno and Parque Nacional de los Glaciares, El Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Salinas Grandes Jujuy, Bañado La Estrella, Rio Mina Clavero, Selva Misionera and El Parque Natcional Talampaya.

18. Argentina is nicknamed La Albiceleste meaning ‘the white and sky blue’.

19. Argentina is among the countries sharing the Andes mountains.

20. After Argentina’s independence in 1816, its name changed to the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata.

21. Argentina is home to the Tango dance.

22. Gay marriage was legalized in Argentina in July 2010.

23. The highest peak of Argentina is also the highest peak of Southern and Western America, measuring about 6,961 meters above sea level.

24. In Argentina, all sexes including the men greet themselves with a kiss on the cheek friend or stranger.

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25. The Argentine War of Independence was fought from 1810 to 1818. It was a secessionist civil war.

26. One of the commandments of the Church of Maradona is ‘Name your first son Diego and make your middle name Diego’.

27. Argentina was a Spanish colony from the 16th century till the 18th century when they finally gained their independence.

28. Laguna del Carbon is the lowest point in Argentina and South America. It measures about 105 meters below sea level. It is also the 7th lowest point in the world.

29. On the national flag of Argentina, the yellow in the center represents the sun, the blue band, the sky, and the white band, purity.

30. Argentina is one of the world’s few nuclear-weapon-free zones.

31. Argentina is the first South American country to have legalized gay marriage.

32. Argentina generates most of its revenue from Agriculture, fishing, and forestry.

33. Argentina was the wealthiest country in the year 1913.

34. The largest dinosaur ever to be found was 130 feet long and 65 feet tall and was unearthed in Argentina.

35. Argentina was the first country to have produced an animated film in the world.

36. Argentine cowboys are called ‘gauchos’.

37. Parents in Lionel Messi’s hometown have been banned by Government officials from naming their children Messi.

38. Its capital city is Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Argentina Photo: scrollah / Shutterstock

39. Argentina is currently the 4th largest Spanish-speaking country in the world following Mexico, Colombia, and Spain.

40. Despite Iguazu Falls is the most visited place in Argentina, it lines the border between Argentina and Brazil. Hence, it can also be seen in Brazil.

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41. The country is divided into four regions, the North, Patagonia, Pampas, and Andes.

42. One of the most devastating periods in Argentina was during the Dirty war which lasted from 1976 till 1983.

43. The capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is often referred to as the Paris of South America.

44. Argentina is one of the world’s largest soybeans exporters.

45. The Church of Maradona has its own ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ which is ‘Our Diego, who art on earth, Hallowed be thy left foot, Thy magic come, Thy goals be remembered’.

46. Argentina has been the richest South American country for about a century.

47. They are among the top 10 wine producers in the world and also are the largest wine producers in South America.

48. Argentina was once the home of beef before it moved to India.

49. Pope Francis is an Argentinean and the first South American to become a pope.

50. Although Spanish is the official language of Argentina, it is not spoken by all Argentineans. Other languages like Arabic, Guarani, German, English, and French among others are also spoken in Argentina.

51. Argentina is also home to the widest street in the world and it is located in Buenos Aires. It is the Avenida 9 de Julio.

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