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About Argentina

In the 16th century, rumors of silver drew Spanish explorers to southern South America.   They named the land Argentina after the Latin word for silver (argentum).  Silver was never found, but the Spanish stayed, establishing a colony in 1580 at Buenos Aires.  Sadly, European diseases wiped out most of the small native population, and today 97% of the population is European – mostly Spanish and Italian.  Argentina’s people are highly    educated and predominately urban. As the second largest country in South America and the eighth largest in the world, Argentina boasts many climate variations including the Patagonian Andes Mountains, the plains of    the Pampas, and a long Atlantic Ocean coastline that nearly touches Antarctica.  The tango, the invention of the public bus, the ballpoint pen, and the coronary bypass        reflect the spirit and ingenuity of the         Argentine people.

Argentina gained her independence from Spain in 1816, but it wasn’t until the late      1800’s that a national unity government was      in place.  The years that followed were filled with political clashes, dictatorships, and military factions.  Democracy was finally restored in 1983 and remains to this day.  At   the turn of the 20th Century, Argentina was      one of the world’s ten wealthiest countries     due to its agricultural resources and its entry into the world economy.  The Great  Depression of the 1930’s as well as political and social changes halted further growth.  Since 2003 the economy seen some consistent recovery, though many Argentines live in poverty as even more have moved to urban areas, and the gap between the rich and the poor has increased.

Most Argentines are Roman Catholic, but only one-fifth of them are practicing. Protestants and other Christian segments are well established, as is the largest Jewish community in South America.  Social, economic, and political difficulties have created a spiritual hunger in Argentina that    has drawn many to Christ, but many are also being deceived by cults, the occult, and other non-Christian religions. One of the largest unreached peoples in Argentina is the urban professional, but the nation’s poor also   require the church’s attention as well, especially in Buenos Aires where one-third of the nation lives.

Population

46,994,384

Population In Unreached People Groups

0.4%

Population

46,994,384

Major People Groups
  • European And Mestizo
  • Indigenous
  • African Descent
Population In Unreached People Groups

0.4%

Religion
  • Roman Catholic
  • None
  • Evangelical
  • Jehovah's Witness And Church Of Jesus Christ
  • Other
  • Unspecified

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  • Capital City

    Buenos Aires

  • Government

    Presidential Republic

  • Language

    Spanish, Italian, English, German, French, Indigenous

  • GDP Per Capita

    $22,500

  • Literacy Rate

    99%

Data sources.

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