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Official Name:
Argentine Republic (República Argentina)

Area: 2,780,400 km2 (8th largest in the world)

Capital:
Buenos Aires (population 1998: 2.9 m - Greater Buenos Aires 11 m)

Population:
36,2 m (1998)

Language:
Spanish

Literacy:
97%

Life Expectancy
:
73 years

Annual Population Growth:
1.5%

Religion:
92% Catholic, 2% Protestant, 1% Jewish

Ethnic Groups:
92% White: appr. 40% of Italian, 30% of Spanish origin; 6% Mestizos

Urban Population:
89%

Independence:
9 July 1816

President(2002):
Eduardo Duhalde (Partido Justicialista; Peronist)

Currency:
Peso

GDP per capita (1998):
$8030

Unemployment (2001):
appr. 20%

Foreign Debt
(1999): $140 m

Major cities:
Greater Buenos Aires 11,000,000;
Córdoba 1,150,000;
Rosario 950,000;
La Plata 520,000;
Mar del Plata 520,000;
San Miguel de Tucumán 470,000;
Santa Fe 350,000

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