Argentina Culture

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Culture Throughout Latin America and in a big part of the world, Argentines suffer the reputation to be snobs, aspiring to be European and considering themselves superior to other Latin American. However, anyone who spends enough time in Argentina, especially outside Buenos Aires, will realize that this prototype tends to be wrong, especially for the warmth and kindness of these people, traits that best define Argentina society. There are two basic kinds of Argentines, the locals who are the population of Buenos Aires and the rest of the population who live in the rest of the country. The locals suffer the same reputation outside Buenos Aires as the rest of Argentines suffer outside the country.
Expressive Communication Style

Argentines are on the whole open, blunt, and direct, yet are able to remain tactful and diplomatic.

Argentines are a warm peoples and their unreservedness brings to the fore their passion and sentimentality.

In addition they are close communicators physically so will often touch each other when speaking and maintain little physical distance between speakers.

Meeting Protocol

1. Greetings are formal and follow a set protocol of greeting the eldest or most important person first.

2. Argentines often greet each other with a kiss on the cheek, even among men. However, in formal and business situations, is better to shake hands.
3. A standard handshake, with direct eye contact and a welcoming smile will suffice.

4. Maintaining eye contact indicates interest.

5. When leaving, say good-bye to each person individually. If you are invited to an Argentine home:

Dress well. Men should wear a jacket and tie. Women should wear a dress or a skirt and blouse.

Arrive 30 to 45 minutes later than invited for a dinner party. Arriving on time is not the norm.

Telephone your hosts the following day to thank them.

If invited to dinner at an Argentine's home bring a small gift for the hostess.

What to do and what not to do

“The traveler must remember the proper salutation when addressing the Argentines, "good morning, good afternoon" or "good night"
Whether to deal with the bureaucracy, it is best to be polite no matter what. Even though it seems that Argentines do flaunt their power, we recommend you to play along and be respectful
The Argentines, especially the people from Buenos Aires dress very well to do business, go to good restaurants, casinos and nightclubs, it should be noted that some places that are informal during the day can be formal during the night, athletic footwear is inappropriate in nightspots.
Some topics of conversation that are delicate to talks with the Argentineans, at least until you know them better are: The dirty war, international debt and the Falkland Islands”. ( Lonely Planet. Danny Palmerlee, Sandra Bao, Lucas Vidgen, pg 37).

Women in Argentina
Argentine women have progressed in their struggle for economic and social equality, and an increasing numbers of women are endowed with a good education who excel in the workplace. However, there are still glass ceilings and the highest positions held by men still stand

Argentina has 40 million people, the large majority of Argentines live in cities, it is a country with low population density, out of 40 million people, 12 million (38.9%), live in Buenos Aires, the largest city. Cordoba is the second largest city (1.3 million pop.), Followed by Rosario (1095000.). Argentina has high rates of life expectancy (75 years) and literacy of 98.1%.The infant mortality rate is 12.1 ‰ (2009). Unemployment is 7.1% by the second quarter of 2012 and poverty rates by 2010, reaches 8.6%.Compared to countries like Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, Argentina has a small indigenous population.

Argentina's current population is the result of interbreeding between European immigrants, Asians and Africans brought as slaves.Argentina is considered a "country of immigration", due to the