Argentine Culture


  • Greetings vary depending on one’s gender and how well-acquainted people are with one another.
  • When greeting for the first time or in a formal setting, Argentines generally shake hands and give a slight nod to show respect.
  • The ‘abrazo’ is the most common greeting among friends and family. This consists of a handshake and an embrace. The number of kisses when giving an abrazo varies from region to region. In most places, one kiss is the norm. If a pair of friends do not have a very close relationship, they will simply give a kiss on the right cheek.
  • Sometimes when performing an abrazo, one will pat or lightly slap the back of the person they are embracing.
  • Direct eye contact is common when greeting people, particularly among men.
  • When first introduced or in formal situations, Argentines customarily address people by title, followed by surname if known. If someone’s title is unknown, then simply use ‘Señor’ for men or ‘Señora’ for women.
  • Relatives and friends will use given names to address one another. 
  • Typical phrases that accompany greetings include “Buenos días” (“Good morning”), “Buenas tardes” (Good afternoon”) and “Buenas noches” (“Good evening”).
  • People often exchange these greetings when passing one another on the street in smaller towns or among neighbours. A person might wave and smile at an acquaintance if they are too far away to give a verbal greeting.
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  • Population
    [2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Spanish (official)
    Indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (92%)
    Protestant Christianity (2%)
    Jewish (2%)
    Other (4%)
  • Ethnicities
    European (mostly Spanish and Italian descent) and mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian ancestry) (97.2%)
    Amerindian (2.4%)
    African (0.4%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Argentine Ancestry
    12,097 [2016 census]
Argentine in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 est.]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Argentina.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (47.9%)
    Female (52.1%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (62.5%)
    Christian [nfd] (3.3%)
    Other (14.8%)
    No Religion (16.3%)
    Not stated (3.1%)
  • Ancestry
    Argentinian (30.1%)
    Italian (23.3%)
    Spanish (20.6%)
    South American (3.2%)
    Other (22.7%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Spanish (74.1%)
    English (19.0%)
    Italian (4.3%)
    Other (2.1%)
    Not stated (0.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 89.6% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (47.9%)
    Victoria (30.4%)
    Queensland (10.2%)
    Western Australia (5.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (78.8%)
    2001-2006 (10.5%)
    2007-2011 (8.1%)
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