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Customs and Traditions in Argentina

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

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Argentinians people are among the friendliest and kindest, and they often have a very high social sense, also they appreciate the values ​​of kindness and friendship.
The customs and traditions of the Argentine people and their culture have a strong European influence.
 Most Argentinians are primarily of European descent, which separate them from other Latin American countries where European and Indian cultures were more mixed. Culturally and emotionally, Argentinians often seem more European than Latin American.

General traditions in Argentina

General Etiquette

  • The standard greeting in Argentina is to put one hand on the other person’s shoulder and kiss one of the cheeks with just one kiss.

  • Handshake, with direct eye contact and a welcoming smile, is sufficient to welcome others.

  • When talking to others, you should look directly into their eyes, as this indicates you are interested in talking.

  • Greet the eldest or most important person first.

  • You will be introduced to not only what you say, but the way you present yourself.

  • Argentinians prefer face-to-face interviews rather than phone conversations.

  • At the end of the interview, each person must be bid farewell separately.

  • Argentinians are generally straightforward people, but they are able to maintain tact and diplomacy.

  • You should wait for the host to introduce you to others in a small gathering.


  • The family is the center of Argentine life with extended families still having prominence.

  • The heads of powerful families command widespread respect, but with this comes a responsibility to care for others in terms of security, jobs, etc, and to maintain personal and family honor.

  • Honour is in all respects the be-all and end-all and it routinely affects day-to-day life at home, in the community, and in business.