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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Argentina is a country which has many immigrants. Most families are of European extraction.

Currently, life in Buenos Aires is becoming very international. There are many French, American and Brazilian people. The majority of expatriates are satisfied with their life in Argentina and integrate well into Argentine society. Many of them stay at the end of their contracts.
Blogs For Expats in Argentina
Immigration Authority
Government website
Contact the Embassy
Contact the Embassy of Argentina in the United States.
Contact Your Embassy
Contact the Embassy of the United States in Argentina.

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Buenos Aires is the 41st most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer Index 2016.
Quality of Life
Mercer's 2017 Quality of Living Survey ranks Buenos Aires 93rd out of 231.
Sanitary Conditions
Sanitary conditions in Argentina, at least in tourist areas, are of the same standard as in Europe.
For Further Information
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings – Survey - Mercer
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings – Survey - Mercer

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Renting an Apartment

Description of apartments
Apartments are classified according to the number of rooms. Sometimes outbuildings may be available.
Normal Lease Term
2 years. The contract is not renewed by tacit agreement. The period of notice to be given on leaving should be negotiated when the contract is signed.
Rental Costs
A deposit (given back when you leave the apartment) equal to 1 months' rent is required. At the beginning of the rental period, a third party is required to stand guarantor.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through a rental agency may be more convenient; but the fees are often sizeable (5% of the total cost). Renting directly from an individual is less expensive, but value for money often varies from one apartment to another.
Rental Agency Websites
Maure Inmobiliaria: Real Estate Rentals and Sales
TCA Inmobiliaria: Real Estate Rentals and Sales
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Inmuebles Clarin (small ads)
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Students very often get together to share apartments or houses. There are websites to put the interested parties in touch with each other.

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School System

School Level
The Argentine system begins with primary school and finishes with university. It is the most complete and effective in South America. Argentina has more students at university than Italy (per 100 000 inhabitants).
International Schools
The link to request the list of multilingual schools in Buenos Aires.

The link towards national schools in Buenos Aires.

For Further Information
Jean Mermoz Franco-Argentine High School
Lincoln American High School
British International Schools in Argentina

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The health system offers good quality care. It is accessible to everyone all over Argentina. Health care personnel are very well trained and competent. In public hospitals, healthcare is free for everyone.
International Hospitals
Some international hospitals include: Hospital Alemán and Hospital Italiano.
Health Insurance
Yes. However, to benefit from better care it is advisable to take out complementary health insurance.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
National Administration of Social Security
Health Ministry
Argentine Ministry of Health

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Argentina is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Cave of the Hands and the Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba.
There is an abundant cultural life in Buenos Aires. For those interested in theatre, Corrientes Avenue is known as the South American Broadway. Caminito, a street museum and traditional alley, is known for its brightly coloured buildings and local artisans selling goods. If visiting at the end of February, be sure to enjoy the various carnivals taking place.
Natural tourism is Argentina's strong point. Glaciers, high mountains, salt deserts, equatorial forests, pampas, etc. can all be found within the country. Some popular destinations include Iguazú Falls, los Glaciares National Park and Mount Fitz Roy.
Popular destinations include the Recoleta Cemetary, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (one of the largest churches in Latin America) and the Chacarita Cemetery.
Spa towns can be found throughout the country. Jujuy and Colón are two notable examples.
The Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires is the Argentines' favourite place for summer holidays: Mar del Plata, Carilo, Pinamar.
Winter Sports
Some popular destinations for skiing include Las Leñas. Those interested in mountain climbing should visit the Andes.
Outdoor Activities
Outdoor activities in Argentina are abundant: skiing, climbing, etc. Those interested in hiking should check out El Chaltén, named Argentina's Trekking Capital.
The two main types of shopping in Buenos Aires are top-of-the-range shopping malls and the Palermo and Recoleta districts.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 69/180
Free Access to the Internet
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Women's Condition
Women enjoy the same rights as men. However, wages are still not equal (nearly 30% difference).
For Further Information
Freedom House

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Degree of Freedom
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution, and strict anti-defamation laws condemn attacks motivated by religion. There are no internal clashes between religions.
Catholic - 89.9%; Protestant - 2.1%; Jewish - 1.9%; Other - 6.1%.
Role of Religion in Society

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