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Argentina has an area of about 2.8 millon Km², and a population that reaches almost 39 millons inhabitants. Its climate range varies from subtropical in the North region to subpolar in the South extreme, although it's predominantly temperate.
Argentinian Currency and Economy
Argentinian currency is the Peso, which symbol is $, official exchange rate is published daily in the newspapers, or you can find it at Banco Nacion.
The bank notes in circulation are: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100; the coins are: $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50 and $1.
See the Wikipedia page on Argentine peso for more information and pictures of actual currency.
Type I socket Argentina uses 220 Volts at 50 Hertz. The standarised plug is the type I plug, also known as AS 3112, seen in New Zealand, Australia and a few other places. In Argentina, it is listed as IRAM 2073, although it has very little differences. Note that some appliances that are double insulated come without the earth pin.
Type C plug There is still in wide usage the type C, A.K.A. Europlug, although it is not allowed in new appliances, nor installations. You will find many places equipped only with this kind of sockets, and some with a socket that is compatible both with this and the standard plug.
The good news is that you can find adaptors everywhere for plugging into the old type C socket a standard type I plug or unearthed US (type A) plugs. Powerbars with sockets that accept type A, C, I and sometimes E and F unearthed or L type plugs are available in every hardware store. Don't expect earth connection on old installations. Other adaptors are harder to find.
Foreign visitors have the right to get their money back from taxes charged on purchases of products they carry to their home country. IVA (Value Added Tax) rate in Argentina is of 21%. The Global Refund check must have the customs stamp on at the moment of departure. The amount of reimbursement is the VAT amount minus a fee for administrative expenses. To know more about this benefit, please visit the local tourist information office web site.