FC: ABC's of Argentina | Kasey Tucker
2: Art | People in Argentina come from all over the world. When there are people with different customs, the result is a huge variety of music and traditions. Argentina has a history of musical traditions that goes back five hundred years ("Argentina Music"). In Argentina, folk music, Nueva, Cancion, Chacarera, and Chamame is found. These genres of music don't all come from Argentina, but since people have migrated there, the music follows them. But one thing that most Argentinians are familiar with is the Tango. The Tango originated from Spain or Morocco and was opened to the New World in 1921 by Rudolph Valentino (Heikkila). There are different types of the Tango, but people still describe it as one of the easiest dances (Heikkila). Though Argentina is a big melting pot of numerous migrants, they all come together through music. | The Tango
3: Buildings | Congress Building | Casa Rosada | Rosario Monument
4: Communication | Internet Users 11,212,000 (2008) Internet Users (% of Population) 28% (2008) Television 33 sets per 100 population (2005) Land-based Telephones in Use 9,631,000 (2008) Mobile Telephone Subscribers 46,509,000 (2008) Major Daily Newspapers 184 (2004) Average Circulation of Daily Newspapers 1,363,000 (2004) | Land-Based Telephone
5: Dress | Business Attire: Business attire is formal and conservative, yet stylish. Men should wear dark colored, conservative business suits. Women should wear elegant business suits or dresses. Good quality accessories are important for both sexes. Dress well if you want to make a good impression.
6: Economy | Argentina was once the wealthiest country in the world, but between 2001-2002 a major recession left about 50% of the population below the poverty line. Argentina had a major comeback though. In 2003, the gross domestic product increased by 9% over the years between 2003 and 2007. The country has a large workforce and is traditionally based on agriculture. | Money in Argentina
7: Family | Most Argentinian families are just like the families in the United States. But families in Argentina do differ according to religion, region, ethnic background, and income (Argentour). In Argentina the fathers are the head of the family, and the mother are in charge of the household, but also pursue in careers. Argentinians believe to honor one is very important. They believe that all respects should be made to those in the community, in business, and in their family (Kwintessential). Families in Argentina tend to be larger than a normal American family. They are a very family-oriented country. They believe that spending time with friends and family is the most important thing.
8: Government | Facts about the government: - Constitutional democracy - Gained independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. - Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is the current president. - There are 22 provinces. | Casa Rosada: Official palace of government.
9: History | Argentina was first explored in 1516 by Juan Diaz de Solis. After that, Argentina slowly developed slowly under Spanish colonial rule (Infoplease). In 1580, Spain established the permanent colony of Buenos Aries. Buenos Aires formally declared independence from Spain on July 9, 1816 (Worldrover). Years later in 1955, Argentina entered a long period of military dictatorships with brief intervals of constitutional government (Infoplease).
10: Icon | Che Guevara is an icon in Argentina. Argentinians are very fans of Che Guevara. If you go to Buenos Aires, you can find many, many posters of him hung up around.
11: Jobs | Jobs in Argentina are very similar to jobs in the United States. But the most popular job in Argentina has to deal with agriculture. People who work in for an agriculture-based job tend to make the most money.
12: Knowledge | A student in Argentina is required to have nine years of primary school and three years of secondary school. It is also mandatory that students between the ages of 5 and 15 go to school. | A Catholic school in Argentina. | Students of a primary school in Argentina.
13: Language | Slang used in Argentina: che- hey, very commonly thrown around piba/ pibe- cool young person, kid cachetada- snob las pilas- Get going, get on with it! hinchapelotas- annoying maza- superb mina- a chic, a girl | Argentina's official language is Spanish.
14: Movement/Migration | Number of Passenger Cars 5,230,000 (2005) Number of Trucks, Buses, and Commercial Vehicles 1,775,000 (2005) Railroads 19,517 (2008) Ports Major: 9 (including Buenos Aires, Quequén, Bahía Blanca, Concepción del Uruguay, La Plata, Punta Colorada) | Migration has always been a big thing happening in Argentina. Argentina is known as the melting pot, because of so much migration.
15: National Pride | Argentinians are very big fans of soccer. They are also very competitive when it comes to playing against their rivalry, Brazil. The flag is also something that is very important to them. | Soccer team | History about the flag: The flag was first raised on February 27, 1812 in the city of Rosario. The sun in the middle of the flag is known as the "Sun of May."
16: Organization | Types of organizations in Argentina: -Agricultural -Business and Industrial -Social and Cultural -Political and Humanitarian Action
17: Population | Population: 41,343, 201 Age: - 0-14: 25.5% - 15-64: 63.3% - 65+: 10.9% Median Age: 30.3 | A city in Argentina.
18: Quality of Life | Life Expectancy: 77 years Infant Mortality: 19 per 1,000 births Doctors: 30 per 10,000 population Medical care in Buenos Aires is generally good, but this varies outside the capital.
19: Religion | January 1 (New Year's Day), March 24 (Truth and Justice Memorial Day), April 2 (Good Friday, Veterans' Day, and Tribute to the Fallen of the Falklands [Malvinas] War), May 1 (Labor Day), May 25 (Anniversary of the 1810 Revolution), June 21 (Death of Gen. Manuel Belgrano), July 9 (Independence Day), August 16 (Death of Gen. José de San Martin), October 11 (Columbus Day), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 25 (Christmas) | Holidays | Religion in Argentina: Roman Catholic
20: Status | Back when major immigration was going on, the class structure was divided into four classes: -Aristocratic class -Upper middle class -Lower middle class -Low class | People of Argentina
21: Taboos | In Argentina people have two surnames; one is their father’s and the other the mother’s. However it is the custom to only use the father’s. You may see people doing a sweeping gesture beginning under the chin and over the hear – this means “I don’t know” or “I don’t care” It is considered polite to cover your mouth when yawning. Never rest your feet on anything people may sit on
22: Urban or Rural | The urban population in Argentina is 90% | Different communities in Argentina.
23: Vacation and Recreation | Hiking, trekking, auto racing, polo, mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, golf, diving, nature observation, sailing, skiing, fishing, hunting, soccer and more recreational activities in Argentina. | Rafting in Argentina
24: Ways of Life | In Argentina there are 3 meals in a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But breakfast and dinner are not that important as lunch. Argentinians are very family-oriented, so residents spend most of the time with family and friends. Food and drinks are also important. | Families and friends in Argentina
25: X Marks the Spot | Argentina is the second largest country in South America. The wedge-shaped country is divided into four main regions, the mountainous Andean, the northern subtropical plain, the plateau-dominated Patagonia, and the fertile plains of Pampas. Argentina is very rich in natural resources, like oil, natural gas, coal, salt, and many more. They are also Latin America's top exporters of lead, copper, iron, boron, and silver. | The Andes
26: Yum | The Argentinian diet focuses on beef, pastas, and breads. Since there is a lot of immigration, immigrants have made pasta very popular in Argentina. Residents also enjoy vegetables like eggplant, squash, and chard. Lunch is always the biggest meal of the deal, you will usually see a lot of beef served for lunch. The most popular dessert is Dulce de leche, which is made out of milk, and is used on almost every dessert.
27: Zoo | Mammals: monkeys, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, anteaters, and raccoons. | Birds: flamingos, hummingbirds, and parrots. | Coast of Patagonia: elephant seals, fur seals, sea lions, and penguins. | Flamingo | Elephant seal | Jaguar
28: Current Event in Argentina | Vice-President Julio Cobos presented his government plan in the frame of the 2011 presidential elections and assured that illegal occupation of land is part of a "structural" problem. "We've seen that the citizens violate the law and lead to a clash in order to find a shortcut to their demands and rights, trying to fill the place left by an absent State," Cobos said during the presentation of a government programme for 2011. The Vice-President thanked "God that they could reach to an agreement," referring to the solution agreed by the National and Buenos Aires City governments, but warned that "they could have avoided the problem." "This is a structural problem. It's not of a government, but a problem of the last governments and it is everyone's responsibility," he continued. Although Cobos did not officially launched his presidential candidacy, he presented the technical groups that asses him and that might take part of his government. | Cobos assures Villa Soldati conflict was a 'structural issue' | http://www.buenosairesherald.com/BreakingNews/View/54169
29: "Coral and Steph's Big South/Central American Adventure Part 1." Travel Blogs, Photos, Videos and Maps. Web. 16 Dec. 2010. http://www.travelblog.org/South-America/Argentina/Jujuy/San-Salvador-de-Jujuy/blog-355062.html "CASA ROSADA, a Photo from Buenos Aires, South | TrekEarth." Learning about the World through Photography | TrekEarth. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.