(Argentine Republic, República Argentina)
- Location: South America
- Capital:Buenos Aires
- Language: Spanish
- Population: 40,276,376
- Total area: 2,766,890 sq km
- Currency: Peso
- Curious Alcohol Fact: The drinking age is 18 years old, but, in general, Argentines are typically light drinkers.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: 10.00
- Most Popular Drink: Mate, Ginebra bols, and Cana
Argentina Travel Video
Argentinian people love meat as evidenced by the fact that they are the largest consumers of red meat in the world. Doughy pastries stuffed with assorted meats, cheeses, vegetables, or fruits known as empanadas and spicy sausage called chorizo are among other staples. Similar to green tea, yerba mate is the perhaps the most popular national drink. The process of steeping the leaves and twigs of the yerba shrub in hot water creates this beverage which has an herbal, somewhat grassy flavor. Argentina is also the fifth most important wine producer in the world. The province of Mendoza produces the specific type of purple grape used in making Malbec, a deep, velvety red wine with a rich, fruity taste.
-Argentina is the third largest economy in Latin America.
-Argentina is one of the founding members of the United Nations.
While football (American soccer) is the most popular sport in Argentina, the national sport of the country is a game called pato. Played on horseback, this game blends elements of polo and basketball. The word “pato” means duck in Spanish and was called such because it was originally played with a duck instead of a ball. The history of this sport is colored with violence as it often resulted in the death not only of the little ducks but also of the players themselves.
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