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Learn some interesting information about Argentina while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that's perfect for kids!

Read about the highest mountain, Nobel Prize recipients, national parks, bordering countries, language, the Argentine sport Pato and much more.

  • The official name of Argentina is the Argentine Republic.

  • The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for sliver 'argentum'.

  • By land area Argentina is the 2nd largest country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world.

  • Spanish is the official language of Argentina but there are many other languages spoken throughout the country.

  • Argentina shares a land border with 5 countries including Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay.

  • The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires.

  • Argentina has a population of over 42 million people (42,610,981) as of July 2013.

  • Argentina borders the Andes mountain range to the west, the highest point is Mount Aconcagua 6,962 m (22,841 ft) located in the Mendoza province.

  • The Argentine city of Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world.

  • The Latin dance and music called the Tango began in Buenos Aires.

  • Argentina has three Nobel Prize recipients in the Sciences, Bernardo Houssay, César Milstein and Luis Leloir.

  • The currency of Argentina is called the Peso.

  • Argentine beef is famous around the world and Asado (an Argentine barbecue) is very popular in the country which has the highest consumption of red meat in the world.

  • Argentine cartoonist Quirino Cristiani made and released the world's first two animated feature films in 1917 and 1918.

  • The most popular sport in Argentina is football (soccer), the Argentine national team has won the football World Cup twice in 1978 and 1986.

  • The national sport of Argentina is Pato a game played on horseback. It takes aspects from polo and basketball. The word Pato is Spanish for 'duck' as early games used a live duck inside a basket instead of a ball.

  • Basketball, Polo, rugby, golf and women's field hockey are also popular sports in the country.

  • There are over 30 national parks in Argentina.

  • For more information, check out maps of Argentina or take a closer look at the Argentinian flag.

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