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  • Introduction :: Argentina
  • Background field listing

    In 1816, the United Provinces of the Rio Plata declared their independence from Spain. After Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay went their separate ways, the area that remained became Argentina. The country's population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, with Italy and Spain providing the largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930. Up until about the mid-20th century, much of Argentina's history was dominated by periods of internal political unrest and conflict between civilian and military factions.

    After World War II, an era of Peronist populism and direct and indirect military interference in subsequent governments was followed by a military junta that took power in 1976. Democracy returned in 1983 after a failed bid to seize the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) by force, and has persisted despite numerous challenges, the most formidable of which was a severe economic crisis in 2001-02 that led to violent public protests and the successive resignations of several presidents. The years 2003-15 saw Peronist rule by Nestor and Cristina FERNANDEZ de KIRCHNER, whose policies isolated Argentina and caused economic stagnation. With the election of Mauricio MACRI in November 2015, Argentina began a period of reform and international reintegration.

  • Geography :: Argentina
  • Location field listing
    Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    34 00 S, 64 00 W
    Map references field listing
    South America
    Area field listing
    total: 2,780,400 sq km
    land: 2,736,690 sq km
    water: 43,710 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 9
    Area - comparative field listing
    slightly less than three-tenths the size of the US
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 11,968 km
    border countries (5): Bolivia 942 km, Brazil 1263 km, Chile 6691 km, Paraguay 2531 km, Uruguay 541 km
    Coastline field listing
    4,989 km
    Maritime claims field listing
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    contiguous zone: 24 nm
    continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
    Climate field listing
    mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest
    Terrain field listing
    rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 595 m
    lowest point: Laguna del Carbon (located between Puerto San Julian and Comandante Luis Piedra Buena in the province of Santa Cruz) -105 m
    highest point: Cerro Aconcagua (located in the northwestern corner of the province of Mendoza; highest point in South America) 6,962 m
    Natural resources field listing
    fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium, arable land
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 53.9% (2016 est.)
    arable land: 13.9% (2016 est.) / permanent crops: 0.4% (2016 est.) / permanent pasture: 39.6% (2016 est.)
    forest: 10.7% (2016 est.)
    other: 35.4% (2016 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    23,600 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    one-third of the population lives in Buenos Aires; pockets of agglomeration occur throughout the northern and central parts of the country; Patagonia to the south remains sparsely populated
    Natural hazards field listing

    San Miguel de Tucuman and Mendoza areas in the Andes subject to earthquakes; pamperos are violent windstorms that can strike the pampas and northeast; heavy flooding in some areas

    volcanism: volcanic activity in the Andes Mountains along the Chilean border; Copahue (2,997 m) last erupted in 2000; other historically active volcanoes include Llullaillaco, Maipo, Planchon-Peteroa, San Jose, Tromen, Tupungatito, and Viedma

    Environment - current issues field listing
    environmental problems (urban and rural) typical of an industrializing economy such as deforestation, soil degradation (erosion, salinization), desertification, air pollution, and water pollution

    note: Argentina is a world leader in setting voluntary greenhouse gas targets

    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation
    Geography - note field listing
    second-largest country in South America (after Brazil); strategic location relative to sea lanes between the South Atlantic and the South Pacific Oceans (Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage); diverse geophysical landscapes range from tropical climates in the north to tundra in the far south; Cerro Aconcagua is the Western Hemisphere's tallest mountain, while Laguna del Carbon is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere; shares Iguazu Falls, the world's largest waterfalls system, with Brazil
  • People and Society :: Argentina
  • Population field listing
    44,694,198 (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 31
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Argentine(s)
    adjective: Argentine
    Ethnic groups field listing
    European (mostly Spanish and Italian descent) and mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian ancestry) 97.2%, Amerindian 2.4%, African 0.4% (2010 est.)
    Languages field listing
    Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French, indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)
    Religions field listing
    nominally Roman Catholic 92% (less than 20% practicing), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
    Demographic profile field listing

    Argentina's population continues to grow but at a slower rate because of its steadily declining birth rate. Argentina's fertility decline began earlier than in the rest of Latin America, occurring most rapidly between the early 20th century and the 1950s, and then becoming more gradual. Life expectancy has been improving, most notably among the young and the poor. While the population under age 15 is shrinking, the youth cohort - ages 15-24 - is the largest in Argentina's history and will continue to bolster the working-age population. If this large working-age population is well-educated and gainfully employed, Argentina is likely to experience an economic boost and possibly higher per capita savings and investment. Although literacy and primary school enrollment are nearly universal, grade repetition is problematic and secondary school completion is low. Both of these issues vary widely by region and socioeconomic group.

    Argentina has been primarily a country of immigration for most of its history, welcoming European immigrants (often providing needed low-skilled labor) after its independence in the 19th century and attracting especially large numbers from Spain and Italy. More than 7 million European immigrants are estimated to have arrived in Argentina between 1880 and 1930, when it adopted a more restrictive immigration policy. European immigration also began to wane in the 1930s because of the global depression. The inflow rebounded temporarily following WWII and resumed its decline in the 1950s when Argentina's military dictators tightened immigration rules and European economies rebounded. Regional migration increased, however, supplying low-skilled workers escaping economic and political instability in their home countries. As of 2015, immigrants made up almost 5% of Argentina's population, the largest share in South America. Migration from neighboring countries accounted for approximately 80% of Argentina's immigrant population in 2015.

    The first waves of highly skilled Argentine emigrant workers headed mainly to the United States and Spain in the 1960s and 1970s, driven by economic decline and repressive military dictatorships. The 2008 European economic crisis drove the return migration of some Argentinean and other Latin American nationals, as well as the immigration of Europeans to South America, where Argentina was a key recipient. In 2015, Argentina received the highest number of legal migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean. The majority of its migrant inflow came from Paraguay and Bolivia.

    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 24.44% (male 5,629,345 /female 5,293,680)
    15-24 years: 15.2% (male 3,476,344 /female 3,317,151)
    25-54 years: 39.46% (male 8,808,591 /female 8,826,379)
    55-64 years: 9.12% (male 1,977,421 /female 2,096,665)
    65 years and over: 11.79% (male 2,216,487 /female 3,052,135) (2018 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 56.5 (2015 est.)
    youth dependency ratio: 39.4 (2015 est.)
    elderly dependency ratio: 17.1 (2015 est.)
    potential support ratio: 5.8 (2015 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 31.9 years (2018 est.)
    male: 30.7 years
    female: 33.1 years
    country comparison to the world: 107
    Population growth rate field listing
    0.89% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 121
    Birth rate field listing
    16.5 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 109
    Death rate field listing
    7.5 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 108
    Net migration rate field listing
    -0.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    Population distribution field listing
    one-third of the population lives in Buenos Aires; pockets of agglomeration occur throughout the northern and central parts of the country; Patagonia to the south remains sparsely populated
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 92% of total population (2019)
    rate of urbanization: 1.07% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    15.057 million BUENOS AIRES (capital), 1.560 million Cordoba, 1.510 million Rosario, 1.153 million Mendoza, 971,000 San Miguel de Tucuman, 874,000 La Plata (2019)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 1 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.73 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2018 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    39 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 9.5 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    male: 10.4 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 8.5 deaths/1,000 live births
    country comparison to the world: 138
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 77.5 years (2018 est.)
    male: 74.4 years
    female: 80.8 years
    country comparison to the world: 70
    Total fertility rate field listing
    2.25 children born/woman (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 92
    Contraceptive prevalence rate field listing
    81.3% (2013)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 99% of population
    rural: 100% of population
    total: 99.1% of population
    unimproved: urban: 1% of population
    rural: 0% of population
    total: 0.9% of population (2015 est.)
    Current Health Expenditure field listing
    6.8% (2015)
    Physicians density field listing
    3.96 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    5 beds/1,000 population (2014)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 96.2% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 98.3% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 96.4% of population (2015 est.)
    unimproved: urban: 3.8% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 1.7% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 3.6% of population (2015 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    0.4% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 74
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    140,000 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    1,700 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    Major infectious diseases field listing

    note: active local transmission of Zika virus by Aedes species mosquitoes has been identified in this country (as of August 2016); it poses an important risk (a large number of cases possible) among US citizens if bitten by an infective mosquito; other less common ways to get Zika are through sex, via blood transfusion, or during pregnancy, in which the pregnant woman passes Zika virus to her fetus

    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    28.3% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Education expenditures field listing
    5.6% of GDP (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 41
    Literacy field listing
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write (2016 est.)
    total population: 99.1%
    male: 99.1%
    female: 99.1% (2016 est.)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 18 years
    male: 16 years
    female: 19 years (2016)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 22.6%
    male: 19.9%
    female: 26.9% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
  • Government :: Argentina
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: Argentine Republic
    conventional short form: Argentina
    local long form: Republica Argentina
    local short form: Argentina
    etymology: originally the area was referred to as Tierra Argentina, i.e., "Land beside the Silvery River" or "silvery land," which referred to the massive estuary in the east of the country, the Rio de la Plata (River of Silver); over time the name shortened to simply Argentina or "silvery"
    Government type field listing
    presidential republic
    Capital field listing
    name: Buenos Aires
    geographic coordinates: 34 36 S, 58 22 W
    time difference: UTC-3 (2 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    etymology: the name translates as "fair winds" in Spanish and derives from the original designation of the settlement that would become the present-day city, "Santa Maria del Buen Aire" (Saint Mary of the Fair Winds)
    Administrative divisions field listing
    23 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 autonomous city*; Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Chaco, Chubut, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires*, Cordoba, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, La Rioja, Mendoza, Misiones, Neuquen, Rio Negro, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, Tierra del Fuego - Antartida e Islas del Atlantico Sur (Tierra del Fuego - Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands), Tucuman

    note: the US does not recognize any claims to Antarctica

    Independence field listing
    9 July 1816 (from Spain)
    National holiday field listing
    Revolution Day (May Revolution Day), 25 May (1810)
    Constitution field listing
    history: several previous; latest effective 11 May 1853
    amendments: a declaration of proposed amendments requires two-thirds majority vote by both houses of the National Congress followed by approval by an ad hoc, multi-member constitutional convention; amended many times, last significant amendment in 1994 (2018)
    International law organization participation field listing
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: yes
    citizenship by descent only: yes
    dual citizenship recognized: yes
    residency requirement for naturalization: 2 years
    Suffrage field listing
    18-70 years of age; universal and compulsory; 16-17 years of age - optional for national elections
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: President Mauricio MACRI (since 10 December 2015); Vice President Gabriela MICHETTI (since 10 December 2015); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government
    head of government: President Mauricio MACRI (since 10 December 2015); Vice President Gabriela MICHETTI (since 10 December 2015)
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president
    elections/appointments: president and vice president directly elected on the same ballot by qualified majority vote (to win, a candidate must receive at least 45% of votes or 40% of votes and a 10-point lead over the second place candidate; if neither occurs, a second round is held ); the president serves a 4-year term (eligible for a second consecutive term); election last held on 27 October 2019 (next to be held in October 2023)
    election results: Alberto Angel FERNANDEZ elected president; percent of vote - Alberto Angel FERNANDEZ (TODOS) 48.1%, Mauricio MACRI (PRO) 40.4%, Roberto LAVAGNA (independent) 6.2%, other 5.3%; note - FERNANDEZ will take office 10 December 2019
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of:
    Senate (72 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 6-year terms with one-third of the membership elected every 2 years)
    Chamber of Deputies (257 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote; members serve 4-year terms with one-half of the membership renewed every 2 years)
    elections:
    Senate - last held on 22 October 2017 (next to be held on 27 October 2019)
    Chamber of Deputies - last held on 22 October 2017 (next to be held on 27 October 2019)
    election results: Senate - percent of vote by bloc or party - NA; seats by bloc or party - Cambiemos 12, UC 6, PJ 4, FRC 2;
    Chamber of Deputies - percent of vote by bloc or party - NA; seats by bloc or party - Cambiemos 61, UC 28, PJ 18, FR 7, FCS 3, FRC 2, other 8 (L)
    note - as of 1 May 2019, composition of the legislature is as follows: Senate - seats by bloc or party - Cambiemos 26, PJ 21, FPV-PJ 8, other 17; composition - men 42, women 30, percent of women 42%; Chamber of Deputies - seats by bloc or party - Cambiemos 108, FPV-PJ 66, Argentina Federal 33, Frente Renovador UNA 21, other 29; composition - men 164, women 93, percent of women 3%; note - total National Congress percent of women 37%
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court or Corte Suprema (consists of the court president, vice president, and 5 justices)
    judge selection and term of office: justices nominated by the president and approved by the Senate; justices can serve until mandatory retirement at age 75; extensions beyond 75 require renomination by the president and approval by the Senate
    subordinate courts: federal level appellate, district, and territorial courts; provincial level supreme, appellate, and first instance courts
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    Argentina Federal [coalition led by Pablo KOSINER]
    Cambiemos [Mauricio MACRI] (coalition of CC-ARI, PRO, and UCR)
    Citizen's Unity or UC [Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER]
    Civic Coalition ARI or CC-ARI [Elisa CARRIO, Maximiliano FERRARO]
    Civic Front for Santiago or FCS [Gerardo ZAMORA]
    Everyone's Front (Frente de Todos) or TODOS [Alberto Angel FERNANDEZ]
    Front for the Renewal of Concord or FRC
    Front for Victory or FpV [coalition led by Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER and Agustin ROSSI]
    Generation for a National Encounter or GEN [Monica PERALTA]
    Justicialist Party or PJ [Miguel Angel PICHETTO]
    Radical Civic Union or UCR [Alfredo CORNEJO]
    Renewal Front (Frente Renovador) or FR [Sergio MASSA]
    Republican Proposal or PRO [Mauricio MACRI, Humberto SCHIAVONI]
    Socialist Party or PS [Antonio BONFATTI]
    Socialist Workers’ Party or PTS) [Jose MONTES]
    Workers' Party or PO [Jorge ALTAMIRA]
    Worker’s Socialist Movement or MST [Alejandro BODDART; Vilma RIPOLL]
    numerous provincial parties
    International organization participation field listing
    AfDB (nonregional member), Australia Group, BCIE, BIS, CAN (associate), CD, CELAC, FAO, FATF, G-15, G-20, G-24, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), LAES, LAIA, Mercosur, MIGA, MINURSO, MINUSTAH, NAM (observer), NSG, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, Paris Club (associate), PCA, SICA (observer), UN, UNASUR, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNIDO, Union Latina (observer), UNTSO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    Ambassador Fernando ORIS DE ROA (since 24 January 2018)
    chancery: 1600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
    telephone: [1] (202) 238-6400
    FAX: [1] (202) 332-3171
    consulate(s) general: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington, DC
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Edward Charles PRADO (since 16 May 2018)
    telephone: [54] (11) 5777-4533
    embassy: Avenida Colombia 4300, C1425GMN Buenos Aires
    mailing address: international mail: use embassy street address; APO address: US Embassy Buenos Aires, Unit 4334, APO AA 34034
    FAX: [54] (11) 5777-4240
    Flag description field listing
    three equal horizontal bands of sky blue (top), white, and sky blue; centered in the white band is a radiant yellow sun with a human face (delineated in brown) known as the Sun of May; the colors represent the clear skies and snow of the Andes; the sun symbol commemorates the appearance of the sun through cloudy skies on 25 May 1810 during the first mass demonstration in favor of independence; the sun features are those of Inti, the Inca god of the sun
    National symbol(s) field listing
    Sun of May (a sun-with-face symbol); national colors: sky blue, white
    National anthem field listing
    name: "Himno Nacional Argentino" (Argentine National Anthem)
    lyrics/music: Vicente LOPEZ y PLANES/Jose Blas PARERA

    note: adopted 1813; Vicente LOPEZ was inspired to write the anthem after watching a play about the 1810 May Revolution against Spain

  • Economy :: Argentina
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Argentina benefits from rich natural resources, a highly literate population, an export-oriented agricultural sector, and a diversified industrial base. Although one of the world's wealthiest countries 100 years ago, Argentina suffered during most of the 20th century from recurring economic crises, persistent fiscal and current account deficits, high inflation, mounting external debt, and capital flight.

    Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER succeeded her husband as president in late 2007, and in 2008 the rapid economic growth of previous years slowed sharply as government policies held back exports and the world economy fell into recession. In 2010 the economy rebounded strongly, but slowed in late 2011 even as the government continued to rely on expansionary fiscal and monetary policies, which kept inflation in the double digits.

    In order to deal with these problems, the government expanded state intervention in the economy: it nationalized the oil company YPF from Spain's Repsol, expanded measures to restrict imports, and further tightened currency controls in an effort to bolster foreign reserves and stem capital flight. Between 2011 and 2013, Central Bank foreign reserves dropped $21.3 billion from a high of $52.7 billion. In July 2014, Argentina and China agreed on an $11 billion currency swap; the Argentine Central Bank has received the equivalent of $3.2 billion in Chinese yuan, which it counts as international reserves.

    With the election of President Mauricio MACRI in November 2015, Argentina began a historic political and economic transformation, as his administration took steps to liberalize the Argentine economy, lifting capital controls, floating the peso, removing export controls on some commodities, cutting some energy subsidies, and reforming the country’s official statistics. Argentina negotiated debt payments with holdout bond creditors, continued working with the IMF to shore up its finances, and returned to international capital markets in April 2016.

    In 2017, Argentina’s economy emerged from recession with GDP growth of nearly 3.0%. The government passed important pension, tax, and fiscal reforms. And after years of international isolation, Argentina took on several international leadership roles, including hosting the World Economic Forum on Latin America and the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, and is set to assume the presidency of the G-20 in 2018.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $922.1 billion (2017 est.)
    $896.5 billion (2016 est.)
    $913.2 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 28
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $637.6 billion (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    2.9% (2017 est.)
    -1.8% (2016 est.)
    2.7% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 117
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $20,900 (2017 est.)
    $20,600 (2016 est.)
    $21,200 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 88
    Gross national saving field listing
    17.6% of GDP (2017 est.)
    16.8% of GDP (2016 est.)
    15.8% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 114
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 65.9% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 18.2% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 14.8% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 3.7% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 11.2% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -13.8% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 10.8% (2017 est.)
    industry: 28.1% (2017 est.)
    services: 61.1% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock
    Industries field listing
    food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    2.7% (2017 est.)

    note: based on private sector estimates

    country comparison to the world: 111
    Labor force field listing
    18 million (2017 est.)

    note: urban areas only

    country comparison to the world: 33
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 5.3%
    industry: 28.6%
    services: 66.1% (2017 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    8.4% (2017 est.)
    8.5% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 120
    Population below poverty line field listing
    25.7% (2017 est.)

    note: data are based on private estimates

    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 1.8%
    highest 10%: 31% (2017 est.)
    Distribution of family income - Gini index field listing
    41.7 (2017 est.)
    45.8 (2009)
    country comparison to the world: 54
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 120.6 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 158.6 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    18.9% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 157
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    -6% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 182
    Public debt field listing
    57.6% of GDP (2017 est.)
    55% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Fiscal year field listing
    calendar year
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    25.7% (2017 est.)
    26.5% (2016 est.)

    note: data are derived from private estimates

    country comparison to the world: 219
    Central bank discount rate field listing

    NA

    Commercial bank prime lending rate field listing
    26.58% (31 December 2017 est.)
    31.23% (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 9
    Stock of narrow money field listing
    $62.61 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $59 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Stock of broad money field listing
    $62.61 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $59 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Stock of domestic credit field listing
    $219.4 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $194 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 44
    Market value of publicly traded shares field listing
    $56.13 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $60.14 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $53.1 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    Current account balance field listing
    -$31.32 billion (2017 est.)
    -$14.69 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 200
    Exports field listing
    $58.45 billion (2017 est.)
    $57.78 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    Exports - partners field listing
    Brazil 16.1%, US 7.9%, China 7.5%, Chile 4.4% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    soybeans and derivatives, petroleum and gas, vehicles, corn, wheat
    Imports field listing
    $63.97 billion (2017 est.)
    $53.5 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Imports - commodities field listing
    machinery, motor vehicles, petroleum and natural gas, organic chemicals, plastics
    Imports - partners field listing
    Brazil 26.9%, China 18.5%, US 11.3%, Germany 4.9% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $55.33 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $38.43 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    Debt - external field listing
    $214.9 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $190.2 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 34
    Stock of direct foreign investment - at home field listing
    $76.58 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $72.11 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad field listing
    $40.94 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $39.74 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 46
    Exchange rates field listing
    Argentine pesos (ARS) per US dollar -
    16.92 (2017 est.)
    14.76 (2016 est.)
    14.76 (2015 est.)
    9.23 (2014 est.)
    8.08 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Argentina
  • Electricity access field listing
    electrification - total population: 100% (2016)
    Electricity - production field listing
    131.9 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    121 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Electricity - exports field listing
    55 million kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 85
    Electricity - imports field listing
    9.851 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 26
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    38.35 million kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 27
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    69% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 112
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    4% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 23
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    24% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 79
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    3% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 120
    Crude oil - production field listing
    489,000 bbl/day (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 29
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    36,630 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    16,740 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    2.162 billion bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 32
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    669,800 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 26
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    806,000 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 27
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    58,360 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 51
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    121,400 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    Natural gas - production field listing
    40.92 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    49.04 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 17
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    76.45 million cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    9.826 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 27
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    336.6 billion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 35
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    203.7 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 32
  • Communications :: Argentina
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 9,530,349
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 22 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 19
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 61,897,379
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 144 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 26
    Telephone system field listing
    general assessment: Argentina opened its telecommunications market to competition and foreign investment encouraging the growth of modern telecommunications technology in 1998; major networks are entirely digital and the availability of telephone service continues to improve to rural areas; even with numerous providers there is a lack of competition; still Argentina is the 3rd largest in the region after Brazil and Mexico (2018)
    domestic: microwave radio relay, fiber-optic cable, and a domestic satellite system with 40 earth stations serve the trunk network; 22 per 100 fixed-line, 144 per 100 mobile-cellular (2018)
    international: country code - 54; landing points for the UNISUR, Bicentenario, Atlantis-2, SAm-1, and SAC, Tannat, Malbec and ARBR submarine cable systems that provide links to Europe, Africa, South and Central America, and US; satellite earth stations - 112 (2019)
    Broadcast media field listing
    government owns a TV station and radio network; more than 2 dozen TV stations and hundreds of privately owned radio stations; high rate of cable TV subscription usage
    Internet country code field listing
    .ar
    Internet users field listing
    total: 30,786,889
    percent of population: 70.2% (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 23
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 7,870,222
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 18 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
  • Military and Security :: Argentina
  • Military expenditures field listing
    0.86% of GDP (2018)
    0.86% of GDP (2017)
    0.95% of GDP (2016)
    0.86% of GDP (2015)
    0.88% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 127
    Military and security forces field listing
    Argentine Army (Ejercito Argentino), Navy of the Argentine Republic (Armada Republica; includes naval aviation and naval infantry), Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina, FAA) (2019)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    18-24 years of age for voluntary military service (18-21 requires parental consent); no conscription; if the number of volunteers fails to meet the quota of recruits for a particular year, Congress can authorize the conscription of citizens turning 18 that year for a period not exceeding one year (2012)
    Military - note field listing
    The Argentine military is a well-organized force constrained by the country's prolonged economic hardship; the military is implementing a modernization plan aimed at making the ground forces lighter and more responsive.

    President Mauricio Macri in July of 2019 said he would remove a 2006 decree that limited the armed forces to defending against external attacks and banned military involvement in internal security issues.  Macri said he wanted the military to be able to collaborate in internal security, primarily by providing logistic support in the border areas. (2018)
  • Transportation :: Argentina
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 6 (2015)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 107 (2015)
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 14,245,183 (2015)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 243,772,567 mt-km (2015)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    LV (2016)
    Airports field listing
    1,138 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 161 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 4 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 29 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 65 (2017)
    914 to 1,523 m: 53 (2017)
    under 914 m: 10 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 977 (2013)
    over 3,047 m: 1 (2013)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2013)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 43 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 484 (2013)
    under 914 m: 448 (2013)
    Heliports field listing
    2 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    29930 km gas, 41 km liquid petroleum gas, 6248 km oil, 3631 km refined products (2013)
    Railways field listing
    total: 36,917 km (2014)
    standard gauge: 2,745.1 km 1.435-m gauge (41.1 km electrified) (2014)
    narrow gauge: 7,523.3 km 1.000-m gauge (2014)
    broad gauge: 26,391 km 1.676-m gauge (149 km electrified) (2014)
    258 km 0.750-m gauge
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Roadways field listing
    total: 281,290 km (2017)
    paved: 117,616 km (2017)
    unpaved: 163,674 km (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    Waterways field listing
    11,000 km (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 11
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 167
    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 9, oil tanker 27, other 130 (2018)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    Ports and terminals field listing
    major seaport(s): Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, La Plata, Punta Colorada, Ushuaia
    container port(s) (TEUs): Buenos Aires (1,851,701)
    LNG terminal(s) (import): Bahia Blanca
    river port(s): Arroyo Seco, Rosario, San Lorenzo-San Martin (Parana)
  • Terrorism :: Argentina
  • Terrorist groups - foreign based field listing
    Hizballah: aim(s): largely limited to generating political and financial support from the Lebanese diaspora
    area(s) of operation: conducted operations in the 1990s; maintains a limited presence (2019)
  • Transnational Issues :: Argentina
  • Disputes - international field listing

    Argentina continues to assert its claims to the UK-administered Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands in its constitution, forcibly occupying the Falklands in 1982, but in 1995 agreed to no longer seek settlement by force; UK continues to reject Argentine requests for sovereignty talks; territorial claim in Antarctica partially overlaps UK and Chilean claims; uncontested dispute between Brazil and Uruguay over Braziliera/Brasiliera Island in the Quarai/Cuareim River leaves the tripoint with Argentina in question; in 2010, the ICJ ruled in favor of Uruguay's operation of two paper mills on the Uruguay River, which forms the border with Argentina; the two countries formed a joint pollution monitoring regime; the joint boundary commission, established by Chile and Argentina in 2001 has yet to map and demarcate the delimited boundary in the inhospitable Andean Southern Ice Field (Campo de Hielo Sur); contraband smuggling, human trafficking, and illegal narcotic trafficking are problems in the porous areas of the border with Bolivia

    Refugees and internally displaced persons field listing
    refugees (country of origin): 178,625 (Venezuela) (economic and political crisis; includes Venezuelans who have claimed asylum or have received alternative legal stay) (2019)
    Illicit drugs field listing
    a transshipment country for cocaine headed for Europe, heroin headed for the US, and ephedrine and pseudoephedrine headed for Mexico; some money-laundering activity, especially in the Tri-Border Area; law enforcement corruption; a source for precursor chemicals; increasing domestic consumption of drugs in urban centers, especially cocaine base and synthetic drugs