Argentina Information

General Argentina Facts

Capital City: Buenos Aires

Population: 40 million

Size: 1,068,296 square miles (total area)

Official Language: Spanish – (specifically Castellano)

Time Zone: GMT minus 3 hours

Currency: Argentine peso

Country Code: 54

Climate: Cool winters and humid summers. Drier summers to the south and west

Religion: Mostly Roman Catholic


New Years Day – Jan 1

Easter – March/April

Dia de la Memoria – March 24

Labor Day – May

Revolucion de Mayo – May 25

Flag Day – June 20

Independence Day – July 9

Anniversary of General San Martin’s Death – August 17

Columbus or Race Day – October 12

Day of Immaculate Conception – December 8

Christmas Day – December 25

Expect many things to be closed on these national holidays. On Sundays it is also common for many businesses and restaurants to close early or to be closed entirely. Argentines also celebrate many other holidays with extreme fervor. The first day of spring, or Friend Day for example, are often accompanied by parades and city wide celebrations.

Health Care

The health care system in Argentina is very well organized and cheap, and health care to foreigners is free of charge. Buenos Aires and other major cities offer health care closer to that of U.S. standards, but in some of the more remote areas of Argentina the level of care is more variable.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Medical: 107

Police: 101

Fire: 100

Dialing 911 in Buenos Aires will connect you with an Emergency dispatcher.

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