Official Name: Argentine Republic
Capital City: Buenos Aires
Official Languages: Spanish
Religion: Roman Catholic
Currency: Peso (P)
Time Zone: GMT - 3 hours
Country Domain: .ar
Country Tel Code: 54
Argentina occupies most of the "southern cone" of South America between the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Chile on the west; Bolivia and Paraguay on the north; and Brazil, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Although huge herds of cattle and Gauchos, traditional cowboys, are still found in Argentina, the country is becoming increasingly urban.
The prevailing feeling, especially in Buenos Aires, is young, progressive and cosmopolitan. Argentinians are proud of their economic success and improved social status and work hard to perpetuate the trend for the future of their children.
Executive power rests with the president and his ministers. The president is directly elected for a four-year term and may be elected for a second term under a 1994 amendment to the constitution. The legislative branch is made up of the National Assembly, with a Senate of 72 members and a Chamber of Deputies of 257 members. Legislative elections are held every two years with a third of the Senate elected for a six-year term and a half of the Chamber of Deputies elected for a four-year term. There are 23 provinces, or states, each with its own constitution, governor, and powers of taxation.
Once a world leader in the production of beef and wheat Argentina is also rich in oil, natural gas, coal, sulfur, silver, and tin. Industries based on agricultural products are the mainstay of its manufacturing sector. Most of the businesses nationalized during the Perón era have now been privatized. Along with continued encouragement of further privatization, the government in the early 1990s initiated a Convertibility Plan, or the free exchange of pesos for dollars. The plan succeeded in reducing the hyperinflation brought on by Perón's policies, but caused some hardships for exporters and contributed to high unemployment.
There are many good neighborhoods and a variety of types of housing from which to choose in Buenos Aires and the surrounding area. The central part of the city has more residential housing than you might expect and accommodation can be found within walking distance or, at most, 15 minutes by car or taxi from the downtown business district. Larger homes, many with gardens and pools, are available in the suburbs.
Many international schools of good quality can be found in Buenos Aires, fewer in other cities. In addition to British schools, the capital offers an American school (The Lincoln School), in addition to German, French, Italian, Japanese, Armenian, and Jewish schools. The educational philosophy is essentially British. Most schools require uniforms that must be purchased locally.
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