1. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world.
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  2. The name "Argentina" comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The original European settlers believed the country was full of silver.
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  3. Argentina is subdivided into 23 provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires. Each have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system.
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  4. Argentina's economy is Latin America's third-largest and the second largest in South America.
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  5. In 2001, Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days.
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  6. The declaration and fight for independence of Argentina that started in 1810 was followed by an extended civil war that lasted until 1880.
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  7. In 1913, Argentina was the world's 10th wealthiest nation per capita. Now it's the 54th.
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  8. Argentina has dropped 13 zeroes off their currency since 1970, a factor of ten trillion.
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  9. Between 1974 and 1983, up to 30,000 people went "missing" in Argentina. Most were killed by the military junta running the country.
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  10. Argentina's retired soccer player Diego Maradona has his own religion made by his fans.
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  11. Argentina's national sport is not soccer. It's Pato, an ancient horseback game.
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  12. There is a Welsh-speaking part of Argentina. It has its own dialect of Welsh.
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  13. In 1971, Evita Peron's body was exhumed and flown to Spain, where Argentina's Ex-President Juan Peron and his new wife kept the corpse in their dining room.
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  14. A heartbroken Argentine farmer spent decades cultivating a guitar-shaped forest to honor his late wife.
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  15. The AMIA Bombing of Argentina in 1994 was one of the largest terrorist attacks in South America, killing 85 people.
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  16. Pope Francis was the first public personality in Argentina to sign a petition for justice in the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
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  17. The world's widest avenue is the "9th of July" in Argentina, with 14 lanes, plus 4 lanes of parallel streets.
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  18. For a few years until 2016, if you want to buy dollars in Argentina to travel abroad, you needed to send an application to the government declaring where, when and why you are traveling.
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  19. Argentina has the highest number of psychiatrists per capita in the world.
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  20. The average person in Argentina spends over 20 hours a week listening to the radio, the most of any country, a survey found.
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  21. 8 people were crushed to death and 2000 people injured following the funeral procession of Eva Peron in Argentina.
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  22. Argentina has the world's second-highest rate of anorexia, after Japan.
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  23. Government officials in Lionel Messi's hometown in Argentina have banned parents from naming their children "Messi."
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  24. In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
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  25. The Earth's magnetic field has been steadily weakening over the past 180 years, specially around Brazil and Argentina.
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  26. The major figure of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, was born in Argentina.
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  27. In 1818, the argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard attacked Monterey, California. After an hour of combat, Argentina's flag flew over it.
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  28. The Queen of the Netherlands is Argentinian.
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  29. If you could dig a deep enough hole in China
    you would end up in Argentina or Chile.
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  30. Argentina was the first
    country in Latin America
    to legalize
    same-sex marriage in 2010.
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  31. 37% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent, about 12,8 million people.
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  32. A 3-year-long College Major in Exorcism is offered at a Lutheran Parish in Argentina.
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  33. In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
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  34. Eva Peron pushed Argentina's Congress to enact women's suffrage in 1947.
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  35. Pope Francis used to work as a bar bouncer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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  36. Argentina claims 965,597 km2 (372,819 sq mi) in Antarctica, where it has the world's oldest continuous state presence, since 1904.
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  37. In 1938, 15,000 Argentines celebrated in Buenos Aires the NAZI annexation of Austria.
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  38. During Argentina's dictatorship, opponents were pushed out of planes alive with weights attached to their feet so no bodies would be found as evidence.
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  39. In 1891, Juan Vucetich, an Argentine Police Official, made the first criminal fingerprint identification.
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  40. The Rufous hornero is the national animal of Argentina.
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  41. Villa Epecuén, Argentina, has a population of one. Nearly 30 years after a flood submerged the town, former occupant Pablo Novak returned.
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  42. 50 beavers were introduced into Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, in the 1940s to help start a fur trade. There are now over 100,000, and they have devastated over 16 million hectares.
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  43. A refereeing decision in a soccer match between Argentina and Peru in 1964 led to a riot in which 300 fans were killed.
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  44. In Argentina, an orangutan was granted the right to life, liberty and freedom from harm.
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  45. The toothpaste "Colgate" in Argentine Spanish translates to "Go Hang Yourself."
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  46. Tango originated in the brothels surrounding Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was meant to dramatize the relationship between a prostitute and her pimp.
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  47. The sale of Nazi memorabilia is prohibited in Argentina, Austria and many other countries in the world.
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