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Culture & People: Find the old Europe in Argentina!
Next to the indigenous influences, a large amount of people are of Spanish or Italian origin. However, also many Germans, French, Irish, British, Poles, Greeks, Turks, and other cultures have found a new home in Argentina and form a vital cultural variety in Argentina. It is not without a reason that Argentina has the reputation of being one of the most European countries in South America.
Due to the influence of the immigrants, you rapidly realize that this historic background has formed a special attitude and lifestyle: hospitality, generosity and a sociable and welcoming spirit sure are qualities that don’t go unnoticed by any foreign visitor. Unlike the nostalgic tunes of the melancholic tango, Argentines are warm and joyful people. They like to have guests and friends around. Evenings and weekends are preferably spent celebrating life: Having one of the famous “asados” (barbecue), sitting together with friends while talking and laughing, singing and dancing!
Landscape: Ready to discover the second largest country in South America?
Only a few countries in the world offer such a broad variety of wide landscapes as you will encounter in Argentina! A vast stretch of 3.700 km separates the most Northern from the most Southern Argentine city.
As you can imagine, that gives room for all kinds of different vegetation zones and landscapes. And the scenic variety really is astonishing! It ranges from tropical rainforests in the North with the impressive Iguazú waterfalls, to ice-blue glaciers in Patagonia. From deserts full of cactuses and breathtaking colored rock formations in the Andean highlands to the sunny and fertile wine-growing state of Mendoza; and not to forget: the incredible vastness of the Pampa. More.
Music: Is tango the first thing that comes into your mind?
Tango, the melancholic music, originally born 100 years ago in the poor districts of Buenos Aires, has been brought to worldwide reputation by Argentine tango stars like Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazolla. Still today, tango is present, especially in Buenos Aires.
However, it’s not only the tango that shapes Argentine music culture. At parties, people move their hips to the country’s own “Cuartetto” or “Cumbia“-beats. Jovial and poetic folklore music is played and accompanied by traditional dance steps in typical “Peñas“. Local rock and pop groups and of course tunes from all over the world dominate the daily radio program.
Argentines love music! During the summer, huge music festivals take place all over the country. Or people just pick up the guitar themselves after a nice dinner or “asado” with friends and sing and play the night away!
Food: Do you know Alfajores, Asado and Mate?
There are delicacies you can only find in Argentina’s unique cuisine. Above all, the “asado” (=barbecue) – not just a meal, but rather a get-together with friends, accompanied by large quantities of scrumptious meat.
The streets are lined with places selling little dough squares or triangles with different fillings (vegetables, cheese, chicken etc.): “Empanadas”, a delicious snack for every day!
You prefer sweet temptations that are just as addictive? Look out for “Alfajores”! Those cookies are filled with “dulce de leche” (an Argentine cream caramel specialty), often covered with chocolate. By the way, no party starts without “Fernet con Coca”, Italian “Fernet Branca” with Coke!
And last but not least: “Mate”-tea! Like the “asado” it’s not just Argentinas’s national beverage, but rather a lifestyle ingredient! The bitter tea is served in a special cup, drunken through a special “mate”-straw and handed around within the group and shared alternately. Get used to seeing locals carry their thermos flasks and mate-equipment, ready to relax for a minute and to chat with friends!
Economy: Natural resources and industries
Argentina is one of the major emerging economies and is part of the G-20 (group of industrialized and emerging countries in the world). Its economy
benefits not only from its natural resources but also from several competitive industries, such as the automotive and metal stands or industries related to agriculture.
In recent years, the country has furthermore seen a significant growth of the tourism industry, both in terms of the internal and inbound tourism.
Despite of its economic ups-and-downs the country has a strong strength to grow, which is reflected in international as well as numerous small and medium sized companies. Also a high number of Startups can be observed throughout all industries.
Carlos Gardel: (*1890) “The Tango Made Flesh” (HistoryToday
) singer, composer and actor, naturalized Argentine, main representative of the Tango in the beginning of the 20th century.