Time in Argentina (South America)

Time in Argentina (South America)

The Analog Clock above is running the current local time in Argentina which is a country situated in South America. Argentina maintains a local time which is offset behind the UTC by 3:00 hours or UTC-3:00 hours ART or Argentina Time. At this time in Argentina DST or Daylight Saving Time is not being used although in earlier years DST was being used it has since been stopped. Thus throughout the year  the time in Argentina will remain UTC-3:00 hours ART.  Historically speaking, Argentina has observed DST in 1989-90, 1992-93, 2007-08 and 2008-09 and can happen again if the Argentina's government desires. At this time Argentina has no plans to implement Daylight Saving Time. Argentina is a very large nation and at this time Argentina is known for Tango, Steak and Football. At this time capital of Argentina is Beunos Aires which is a very large cosmopolitan city.

Area, Population and GDP at this time in Argentina

At this time in Argentina in South America the total area is 2,780,400 square kilometers. Water covered area at this time in Argentina is under 276 square kilometers. There are only three major rivers in Argentina. The Parana River and Uruguay River originate in Brazil and the Uruguay River runs north to south and forms a border with Argentian, Brazil and Uruguay. The third  major one is Negro River. The Population of Argentina estimated in 2015 is 43,417,000 residents which was 40,117,096 in the year 2010 when last census was done. Thus the population density in Argentina is about 15 people per square kilometers. The population growth rate as estimated in 2010 was an estimated 1.03% annually with a birth rate of 17.7 live births and 7.4 deaths per 1000 inhabitants. The GDP (PPP) at this time in Argentina in 2016 is $968.5 billion which is ranked at position 21 in the world, with a per capita of $22,231 which is ranked 56th. The GDP (nominal) at this time in Argentina is $578.7 billion ranked at 21st in the world and per capita ranked at 53rd is $13,283. The currency in Argentina is Peso($) (ARS)

Languages at this Time in Argentina

Amazingly, at this time in Argentina, there is no Official Language. But the De Facto Official Language recognized in Argentina is Spanish. The country of Argentina has the largest Spanish Speaking population or society in the entire world. But the Argentine government recognizes Guarani in Corrientes, Qom, Mocovi and Wichi in Chaco which are all regional languages. English is taught in the elementary school and 43% people in Argentina speak English. 1.5 million people in Argentina speak Italian, one million people speak Arabic in its Northern Levantine Dialect, 400,000 people are known to speak Standard German and 200,000 people speak Yiddish which is the largest population of Jweish people in Latin Ameraca and stands in the 7th position in the world overall. Guarini is spoken by 200,000 people, Catalan by 174,000 people, French is also spoken by a lot of people, Quechua by about 65,000 people mpstly in the northwest Argentina, Wichi is spoken by 53,700 people in the Chaco and Kom plus Moqoit, Vlax Romani by 52,000 people, Japanese by 32,000 people, Aymara by 30,000 people in the northwest, Ukrainian by 27,000 people and Welsh including its Patagonian dialect which is spoken by 24,000 people.

Climate at this time in Argentina

At this time in Argentina, the climate is exceptionally diverse ranging between subtropical in the northern part to subpolar in the far south, eventhough most populated areas generally enjoy a temperate climate. The amount of rain received is just 15 cm in the dry parts of Patangonia to more than 200 cm in the western parts of Patagonia and the northeastern parts of Argentina. The mean temperatures over the year ranges anywhere from 5 deg C  or 41 deg F in the far south to 25 deg C or 77 deg F in the north. The major winds are Pampero winds blowing in the flat plains of Patagonia and Pampas, following the cold front, warm currents blowing from the north in the middle and late in the winter which creates a mild condition. The Sudestada moderates the cold temperatures but brings real heavy rains and rough seas which causes coastal flooding which is seen commonly in the late autumn and winter along the central coasts and in the Rio de la Plata estuary.  The othe winds are Zonda which is hot and dry wind that affects Cuyo and the central Pampas. The Zonda winds blows continuously for many hours with gusts of the order of 120 kilometers per hour are seen which ver often causes wild fires between June and November. Zond also blows snow storms and blizzards coditions in the higher elevations.

Tourism at this time in Argentina

At this time in Argentina the tourism industry is characterized by Argentina's wide and varied cultural and natural assets. Every year at this time in Argentina, over 5.6 million people visit (as estimated in 2013) which makes Argentina the top travel destination in the South America. The next country in Latin America with this kind of tourism is Mexico. The tourism industry at this time in Argentina reach $4.5 billion (as estimated in 2013). The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is the most visited city not just in Argentina but also in the entire South America. What draws the tourists to Argentina are its more than 30 National Parks including a  lot of World Heritage Sites. The Iguazu Falls in the Misiones Province is also one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Government at this time in Argentina.

At this time in Argentina, the government is Federal Presidential Constitutional Republic and representative democracy with its own President and Vice President. The Argentine Legislature at this time has an Upper House or Senate and a Lower House or the Chamber of Deputies. The government is comprised of three branches. The legislative branch has the bicameral Congress which is in itself is made up of the Senate and the Deputy Chambers which makes the federal law, declares war, approves treaties and also has the power ot purse and impeach with which it can even remove sitting members of the government. The Chamber of Deputies represents the people and it has 257 voting members elected for a four year term. The Seats are apportioned among the provinces by population, every tenth year. At this time in Argentina the Chamber of Deputies has just five deputies while the Buenos Aires Province which has the maximum population has 70 depties. The chamber of Senators represents the provinces and has 72 members who are elected at-large to a six year term with each province represented by three seats. It is mandatory that one third of the Senate seats are elected every other year. It is also mandatory at this time in Argentina to have one third of the canditates being presented by the parties must be women.

The next is theExecutive  branch in which the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the military and the power to veto legislative bills before they are passed as law, but subject ot Congressional override and the President also appoints the members of the Cabinet and even some officers who administer and enforce federal laws and policies. The President is elected directly by the vote of the people and serves a four year term but, can hold the office of President only twice in a row.

The third branch is the Judiciary which includes the Supreme Court and a lower federal courts that interpret laws and overturn those they view as unconstitutional. The judicial is independent of the Executive and the Legislature. The President appoints seven members of the Supreme Court who will serve for their life. The lower court judges are proposed by the Council of Magistrates, which is actually a secreteriate which has representatives of Judges, lawyers, researchers, the Executive and the Legislative, all of whom are appointed by the President on Senate approval.

Why Named Argentina?

The name Argentina is derived from Latin or Argentum which means Silver, a plata in Spanish, and a noun associated with the silver mountains legend, which is wide spread in the first European explorers of the La Plata Basin. A poem in 1602 written by Martin del Barco Centenera describing the region of Buenos Aires is where the first written use of the name is traced in to the recent hhistory, where it is written as La Argentina. But the first use of the name Argentina is officially found in the 1826 Constitution, where it is called as Argentine Republic in the legal documents. There are 24 Provinces at this time in Argentina namely Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Santa Fe, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Tucuman, Salta, Entre Rios, Misiones, Chaco, Corrientes, Santiago del Estero, San Juan, Jujuy, Rio Negro, Neuquen, Formosa, Chubut, San luis, Catamarca, La Rioja, La Pampa, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego.