REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA
Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Messi are the national pride of Argentina, a country where football is not a sport but a religion. Meat, gauchos, tango and mate specialties are also other top-of-mind associations to this beautiful Latin American country.
The capital Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its architecture combines the influences of Madrid, Paris and Barcelona. It is located at the confluence of the La Plata River and the Atlantic Ocean. The name of the city in Spanish means ,,good air“. It is considered the richest city not only in South America, but in the entire southern hemisphere.
Argentine culture reflects the multicultural character of its population. European immigrants left a dominant trace in its creation, which is mostly reflected in architecture and fashion.
Apart from the Europeans, gauchos with their special way of life have affected its development as well. The tradition of Native Americans is also part of a multi-ethnic cultural atmosphere. Some of Argentina’s greatest ambassadors today are its world-famous writers – Julio Cortázar, Victoria Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges or Adolfo Bioy Casares.
Politically, Argentina is a regional power and one of the most prominent Latin American countries. It is a member of largest economic powers G-15 and G-20. It is the founder of the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, Mercosur, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and the Organization of Ibero-American States.
Bilateral relations between Argentina and Serbia
Argentina and Serbia have a very long history of bilateral relations. They both started their struggle for independence at the same time, at the beginning of the 19th century. In its second half of the century, waves of European immigrants came to Argentina until after World War II. Thousands of Yugoslavs settled in this country during that period.
Official diplomatic relations were established in 1928 and renewed on September 19, 1946. Argentina was a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, an organization in which the former Yugoslavia played a dominant role.
Argentina supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia and does not recognize the independence of Kosovo. This country voted against the admission of Kosovo to UNESCO in 2015.
The decades-long friendship of geographically distant countries has been acknowledged by the opening of parks of our two countries in their capitals. Thus, the Park “Republic of Argentina” was opened in Block 62 in New Belgrade in 2017, and a park called “Republic of Serbia” was opened in Buenos Aires.
Republic of Argentina Park in New Belgrade
The Republic of Serbia established an embassy in Buenos Aires, and, vice versa, the Republic of Argentina is represented by its embassy in Belgrade, located in building managed by Dipos. Our cooperation with this institution is developing the highest level, as evidenced by the friendly visit to Dipos of the former Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina, H.E. Estanislao Angel Zawels.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ARGENTINA
- The name “Argentina” is derived from the Latin word “silver”.
- Argentina has a population of 45 million, almost half of which are located in the capital and province of Buenos Aires.
- Argentina’s national sport is pato, an equestrian discipline with more than four hundred years of history, originally practiced by the Gauchos (inhabitants of the Argentine plains) during the colonial era.
- Tango originated in Buenos Aires in the late 19th century. In 2009, the United Nations declared this dance an intangible cultural heritage of humanity because it embodies and encourages cultural diversity and dialogue.
- Argentina is the third largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
- Argentina was the first country to use fingerprints as a method of identification in 1892.
- It is one of the countries is which gesticulation is an indispensable part of communication. This habit came from Italian immigrants, who often waved their hands to clarify the words.
- Aconcagua (6959m) is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. Every year many alpinists from all over the world come to enjoy this place.