Population The current population of Argentina is around 36 million of which almost half live in the province of Buenos Aires. 95% of Argentineans are white and
principally descendants of Italians and Spaniards. With the pressure of the massive European immigration the indigenous Indian population has practically disappeared. The pure indigenous population,
the Mapuches, Collas, Tobas, Matacos and Chiriguanos, amount to 0.5% of the population.
Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic. You can find a smattering
of English, German and Italian spoken but don't depend on it.
The official Argentine currency is the Peso which was on a par ( 1 peso =1 U$)
with the US Dollar before the current financial problems. Currently (Nov 2002)
is is $3.470 to one USD . There are notes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos
and coins of 1, 2 and 5 pesos, and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos.