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Country Profile

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America, and the largest Spanish-speaking one. Argentina is a mega-diverse country hosting one of the greatest ecosystem varieties in the world: 15 continental zones, 3 oceanic zones, and the Antarctic region are all represented in its territory. Argentina has an exceptional climate diversity, ranging from subtropical in the north to sub-polar in the far south.

Tourism in Argentina is characterized by its cultural offerings and its ample and varied natural assets. There are 30 National Parks of Argentina including many World Heritage Sites.

National Demographic   

Argentina had a population of 36,260,130, and ranks third in South America in total population and 33rd globally. Argentina has one of Latin America's lowest population growth rates, as well as a comparatively low infant mortality rate. As with other areas of new settlement such as the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay, Argentina is considered a country of immigrants. Argentina became in 2010 the first country in Latin America and the second in the Americas to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.


Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. Although there are numerous operators licensed to provide services, there is insufficient competition in the broadband sector, and the provision of both broadband and mobile services is dominated by a few key players. Mobile revenue accounts for more than two thirds of total telecom revenue, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line sales. As in other countries in the region, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the fixed-line market, where teledensity has fallen steadily each year since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.

English Literacy

English is taught since elementary school. 42.3% of Argentines claim to speak it, with 15.4% of them claiming to have a high level of language comprehension.

Argentina is the only country in the region with a “high” level of English proficiency. The next Latin American countries to appear in the ranking are the Dominican Republic and Peru. English proficiency among Argentinean adults is in line with European averages, and, according to the report, Argentineans “have made significant progress over the past eight years.” Argentina also has the highest literacy rate in the region, as well as one of the highest TOEFL scores in the world.

School System

The Argentine education system consists of four levels: An initial level for children between 45 days to 5 years old, with the last two years being compulsory; An elementary or lower school mandatory level lasting 6 or 7 years; A secondary or high school mandatory level lasting 5 or 6 years; A higher level, divided in tertiary, university and post-graduate sub-levels. The Argentine state guarantees universal, secular and free-of-charge public education for all levels. Responsibility for educational supervision is organized at the federal and individual provincial states. In the last decades the role of the private sector has grown across all educational stages.

Higher Education

Higher education in Argentina is divided into 3 phases, namely 3-year degrees (teachers and technicians), 4 – 6 year degrees (engineering, medicine, legal) and graduate qualifications. Although tertiary education is theoretically free, hidden costs such as accommodation, transportation, materials and forgoing income make this less than a reality. 

There are 39 state universities in the country and another 46 private ones too. Of these the National University of Córdoba is the oldest, having been founded by Jesuit monks on 1613.

Medical Education

Argentina’s health care system is composed of Public, Private & Social security sectors. Ministry of Health monitor all three sectors. Undergraduate medical education in Argentina starts after 12 years of schooling. Students have to take entrance exam usually conducted by universities. Most of the time entrance exam for medical schools of universities comprises two parts. Written (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and oral exam/interview. Basic medical Education consist of three cycles: Biomedical cycle (basic medical sciences) 2.5 year; Clinical cycle 2.5 year; Annual rotation/internship (sixth year clinical rotations) 1 year. At the end of these cycles a final examination of integrated medicine is conducted before graduation. In Argentina medical schools/faculties of major universities offer Argentina medical residency training programs for medical graduates after their medical education.

The Dentistry Profession

The American Dental Association (ADA) is an American advocacy group that promotes Oral Health Care in the field of dentistry in Argentina. The standard of dental health in Argentina is extremely high, even in small towns. That said, expats are unlikely to find English-speaking dentists outside the main cities. Dental costs in Argentina are considerably cheaper than in the USA and most European countries. Orthodontic care in Argentina is also of an extremely high standard and is a fraction of the cost of similar treatment in many other Western countries.

Getting There for Dental Care

Argentina's main international airport is Ezeiza Ministro International Pistarini (EZE). Though some visitors reach Argentina overland from a neighboring country and a tiny handful arrive by boat. In general, airfares to Argentina tend to be quite high, but they do vary widely depending on the routing and the season. The highest fares are between December and February, around Easter and in July and August. You’ll get the best prices during the low season: March to June and September to November. Note also that flying on weekends often hikes return fares.

Visitor Highlights

Argentina is the world’s eighth largest country and one of the most popular places to visit in South America – whether you are backpacking the continent or just on a short, budget holiday. From the café culture of Buenos Aires to the natural beauty of the Iguazu Waterfalls and the Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina has something to offer visitors of all kinds. Some of the world’s most dramatic scenery can be found here in the Patagonian Steppe, the Andes, and the lush Lake District. It is also often viewed as the most cosmopolitan and “European” country in the region. Take your time exploring – the vast landscape takes time to get to and is worth all the distractions you’ll find along the way. This travel guide to Argentina will help you plan your trip to the land of steak, wine, and mountains!