|Area Total||2,780,400 sq km|
|Climate||mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest|
|Natural Resources||fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium, arable land|
|Imports||$63.97 billion (2017 est.) partners: Brazil 26.9%, China 18.5%, US 11.3%, Germany 4.9%
|Exports||$58.45 billion (2017 est.) partners: Brazil 16.1%, US 7.9%, China 7.5%, Chile 4.4% (2017)|
|Population||44.7 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||European (mostly Spanish and Italian descent) and mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian ancestry) 97.2%, Amerindian 2.4%, African 0.4% (2010 est.)|
|Language||Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French, indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)|
News about Argentina
Argentine president celebrates a rare success of his administration, promulgation of an abortion bill
on January 15, 2021
Argentina on Thursday became one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighboring Chile initiated its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied to most women on the continent. President Alberto Fernandez signed a law that allows abortion until 14 weeks of pregnancy that was passed by the Senate on December 30.
Argentina and IMF resume discussions and "fresh funds" could be included in the package
on January 15, 2021
The International Monetary Fund expects the pace of its ongoing discussions with Argentine authorities to accelerate in coming weeks, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday.
Argentina legalizing abortion will spur reform in Latin America, minister says
by Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires on January 14, 2021
‘I am very confident there will be a change,’ Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta says as new law goes into effectArgentina’s historic decision to legalize abortion will help spur reform across Latin America, the country’s gender minister has told the Guardian, as a new law allowing the practice goes into effect.The bill passed by congress on 30 December made […]
Argentina's jiggers begin the squid season on Saturday
on January 14, 2021
Argentina's squid season takes off next Saturday, Jan 16, south of parallel 44, according to the Federal Fisheries Council. The decision follows a technical-scientific report from the country's research institute, Inidep, which emphasized that jiggers can begin operating on the Spring Spawning Stock, (SDV), and avoiding the South Patagonic Stock.
Portugal wants quick ratification of EU/Mercosur deal, but there are many objections
on January 11, 2021
Portugal which last week took the rotating presidency of the European Union for six months as of January 1st, said that it will try to conclude the bloc’s free trade agreement with Mercosur, agreed in 2019 after two decades of negotiations that have not yet been finalized.
Rich Argentines fly to Miami to get the Covid vaccinations: Florida residents complain
on January 11, 2021
Residents of foreign countries have obtained COVID vaccinations in Florida, taking advantage of the state’s loose rules on who can get a shot. The list includes a prominent Argentine lawyer, business leaders, and Canadians whose home countries restrict vaccines to first-responders, medical personnel, and a few other groups.
Argentina lifts ban on corn exports to a daily cap of 30.000 tons
on January 11, 2021
Argentina has lifted a suspension on corn exports announced in December and will opt instead for a temporary 30,000 tons daily cap on sales abroad, its agriculture ministry said on Monday, backing off the more restrictive measure that had infuriated farmers in the South American grains powerhouse.
Victory for Argentina’s women as abortion charges are dropped
by Amy Booth in Buenos Aires on January 10, 2021
Hundreds of criminal cases could be halted following landmark change in legislationArgentina has announced it will drop criminal charges against women accused of having abortions following the government’s historic decision to legalise the procedure. The announcement offers hope to the mostly poor and marginalised women facing criminal sanctions. But […]
Argentine economy forecasted to expand 5,5% this year, but inflation will remain close to 50%
on January 9, 2021
Argentina's economy is expected to grow 5,5% in 2021, after a contraction of about 12% last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with inflation seen ending the year at 49.8%, according to a survey of economists by the central bank released on Friday.
Argentina confirms lacks of dollars: limits the import of luxury goods
on January 7, 2021
The central bank of Argentina on Wednesday imposed a new rule limiting the import of foreign luxury goods as part of its effort to stanch the leakage of its own international currency reserves.
Maradona lifts the World Cup: David Yarrow's best photograph
by Interview by Christopher Hooton on January 6, 2021
‘I bribed a stadium guard with whisky and got dead close just as he was lifted on to another player’s shoulders. It was like a biblical scene. He looked magnificent’On the final day of exams at Edinburgh University in the summer of 1986, most students partied, but I flew directly to Mexico City. I was 20 years old and studying business and economics […]
Argentina's country risk rises to 1,417 points; investors fear economic measures
on January 6, 2021
Argentina's country risk reached a maximum of 1,417 basis points on Tuesday, reflecting investors' fears about the behavior of the domestic economy and doubts about the international situation of the markets, traders told Reuters.
President Xi pledges a comprehensive strategic partnership with Argentina
on January 5, 2021
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China stands ready to work with Argentina to promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation and advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Argentina legalising abortion is a victory for women over the abuse of political power | Giselle Carino
by Giselle Carino on January 5, 2021
The young Green Wave activists follow in the steps of the grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in forcing changeThe women looked like my grandmothers, at least as I remember them. Every Thursday, they would sit on benches in the square, white headscarves covering their hair, and together they would wait or march. The scarves represented nappies, as if their […]
Is the world waking up to collective action's possibilities? | Kenan Malik
by Kenan Malik on January 3, 2021
From Argentina to India, activists are celebrating hard-won victories over harsh regimesIn Argentina, huge crowds take to the streets to celebrate the legalisation of abortion. In India, hundreds of thousands of farmers protest against new legislation, while millions take action in support. 2020 might have been a terrible, virus-ravaged year, but it ended […]