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Updated: Oct 3, 2022

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Country Name

Argentina, and officially known as the Argentine Republic.


Argentina is located in Southern South America, bordered by Chile from the west and south, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, and Brazil to Uruguay from the northeast.


Buenos Aires.

Reason for Naming the country

The country was named Argentina, which means the "silver country," derived from the Latin Argentum, meaning silver.

Argentina did not have any sources of silver but was named because the Spanish invaders came to these lands after rumors spread that they contained silver mountains. The first use of the term Argentina could be traced back to the year 1602 CE in a poem by the poet Martin del Barco Santinera, but the name became only circulating in the 18th century.


The Flag of Argentina was adopted on February 27, 1812. The last change to the current Argentine flag design was in 2012. The flag was first raised in Buenos Aires Above the Church of St. Nicholas on 23 August 1812.