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Area
The surface of the country is 2.791.810 km2 (South American portion) and 3.761.274 km2 considering the Antártida Argentina.

Official Language
Spanish.

Standard time
GMT -3 hours.

Telephone code
00 + 54 + Code of telephone area + #.

Geographic location



Monetary unit: Peso

Languages: Spanish (official), English, Italian, German, French

Ethnicity/race: white (mostly Spanish and Italian) 97%; mestizo, Amerindian, other 3%

Religions: Roman Catholic 92%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%

Literacy rate: 96.2% (1995 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2003 est.): $432.7 billion; per capita $11,200.

Real growth rate: 8%.

Inflation:
3.7%.

Unemployment: 16.3% (Sept. 2003).

Arable land: 9%.

Agriculture: sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock.

Labor force: 15 million (1999); agriculture n.a., industry n.a., services n.a.

Industries: food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel.

Natural resources:
fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium.

Exports: $29.57 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): edible oils, fuels and energy, cereals, feed, motor vehicles.

Imports: $13.27 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals, metal manufactures, plastics.

Major trading partners:
Brazil, U.S., Chile, Spain, Germany, China.

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 7.5 million (1998); mobile cellular: 3 million (Dec. 1999).

Radio broadcast stations: AM 260 (including 10 inactive stations), FM n.a. (probably more than 1,000, mostly unlicensed), shortwave 6 (1998).

Radios: 24.3 million (1997).

Television broadcast stations: 42 (plus 444 repeaters) (1997).

Televisions:
7.95 million (1997).

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 33 (2000).

Internet users: 3.88 million (2001).

Transportation: Railways: total: 33,744 km (141 km electrified) (2000est.).

Highways: total: 215,434 km; paved: 63,553 km (including 734 km of expressways); unpaved: 151,881 km (1998 est.).

Waterways: 10,950 km.

Ports and harbors: Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Comodoro Rivadavia, Concepcion del Uruguay, La Plata, Mar del Plata, Necochea, Rio Gallegos, Rosario, Santa Fe, Ushuaia.

Airports: 1,369 (2001).


 

Total Population
36,260,130

Population by sex

  • Femenine: 18,601,058
  • Masculine: 17,659,072

Population Density
13 by Km2

Population by zone

  • 89.57 % - Urban
  • 10.43% - Rural

Population of main cities

Provinces Habitants
Buenos Aires
16.603.341

Catamarca

334,568

Chaco

984,446

Chubut

413,237

Córdoba

3,066,801

Corrientes

930,991

Entre Ríos

1,158,147

Formosa

486,559

Jujuy

611,888

La Pampa

299,294

La Rioja

289,983

Mendoza

1,579,651

Misiones

965,522

Neuquén

474,155

Río Negro

552,822

Salta

1,079,051

San Juan

620,023

San Luis

367,933

Santa Cruz

196,958

Santa Fe

3,000,701

Santiago del Estero

804,457

Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur

101,079

Tucumán

1,338,523

Source: INDEC. 2001

 
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