Language Trip to Argentina
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Language Trip to Argentina

Argentina – important information for your trip to South America Land Area: 2,780,400 km² (land: 2,736,690 km², water: 43,710 km²) Population: 41.8 million (July 2011 estimate, CIA). White (mostly Spanish or Italian ancestors) 97%, mestics (mixed white and American ancestors), natives and other non-white groups 3% Population density: 15 residents per km² Population growth: 1.017% per […]

Uruguay Map with Surrounding Countries
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Uruguay 2006

Yearbook 2006 Uruguay. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Uruguay include Independence Day (August 25) and New Year (January 1). A difficult diplomatic dispute with Argentina dominated the year in Uruguay. It was the plans to build two cellulose factories near the town of Fray Bentos on the Uruguay border that caused protests in […]

Suriname Map with Surrounding Countries
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Suriname 2006

Yearbook 2006 Suriname. Unusually violent downpours during the month of May caused heavy flooding, leaving three casualties, 37,000 injured and 22,000 homeless. The most affected areas in the central and southeastern parts of the country, totaling 30,000 km 2, were declared as disaster areas. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Suriname include Independence Day […]

Peru Map with Surrounding Countries
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Peru 2006

Yearbook 2006 Peru. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Peru include Independence Day (July 28) and New Year (January 1). The presidential elections in Peru became dramatic. In the first round of the elections on April 9, Ollanta Humala from PNUP (Partido Nacionalista – Unión por el Perú) received 30% and thus the most […]

Paraguay Map with Surrounding Countries
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Paraguay 2006

Yearbook 2006 Paraguay. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Paraguay include Independence Day (May 14) and New Year (January 1). Former President and dictator Alfredo Stroessner died at the age of 93 on August 16 at a hospital in Brazil’s capital, where he has lived in exile since being overthrown in a military coup […]

Guyana Map with Surrounding Countries
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Guyana 2006

Yearbook 2006 Guyana. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Guyana include Independence Day (May 26) and New Year (January 1). President Bharrat Jagdeo won over his opponent Robert Corbin in the August 28 presidential election with just over 54% of the vote and was thus elected for a second term. A tense political situation […]

Ecuador Map with Surrounding Countries
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Ecuador 2006

Yearbook 2006 Ecuador. In the second round of the presidential election on November 26, leftist Rafael Correa for Alianza País won a convincing victory over Álvaro Noboa of the Partido Renovador Institucional Acción Nacional (PRIAN) with close to 60% of the vote. Of the eligible voters, 76% took part in the election, which was considered […]

Colombia Map with Surrounding Countries
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Colombia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Colombia. During the year, the government made progress in its negotiations with Colombia’s second largest guerrilla movement ELN (Ejército de Liberación Nacional), while the battles against the largest guerrilla FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) instead increased in intensity. The main result of the negotiations with the ELN, which took place in Cuba, […]

Chile Map with Surrounding Countries
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Chile 2006

Yearbook 2006 Chile. As expected, the Government Coalition’s Concertación’s Michelle Bachelet won the second round of the presidential election on January 15. The victory margin was even greater than the opinion polls predicted – 53.5% of the vote compared to just 46.5% for her rival Sebastián Piñera. Bachelet thus became Chile’s first and Latin America’s […]

Brazil Map with Surrounding Countries
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Brazil 2006

Yearbook 2006 Brazil. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Brazil include Independence Day (September 7) and New Year (January 1). President Lula da Silva, who, according to opinion polls, emerged as the clear favorite to win the first round of the October 1 presidential election, failed to achieve his own majority. Lula still won […]

Bolivia Map with Surrounding Countries
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Bolivia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Bolivia. On January 4, the electoral authority announced the final results of the December congressional election, which showed that President Evo Morales Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) has obtained its own majority in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, no party has any upper hand, but the parties of the right-wing opposition are […]

Argentina Map with Surrounding Countries
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Argentina 2006

Yearbook 2006 Argentina. The plans to build two cellulose factories near Fray Bentos on the Uruguayan side of the Uruguay border, opposite the Argentine city of Gualeguaychú in the province of Misiones, led to a widespread diplomatic conflict between the two countries during the year. Environmental activists in Argentina, backed by the government and Greenpeace, […]

Latin America History
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Latin America History

Latin America’s history began when Columbus, in an attempt to reach India by sailing west in 1492, reached the Caribbean. Over the next few decades, the Spaniards established themselves on several Caribbean islands; the first true colony, Santo Domingo, was founded on Hispaniola in 1496. With the Spanish discoveries in the west, the need quickly […]

Venezuela Map with Surrounding Countries
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Venezuela 2006

Yearbook 2006 Venezuela. The outcome of the presidential election in Venezuela December 2 did not surprise anyone. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Venezuela include Independence Day (July 5) and New Year (January 1). The incumbent President Hugo Chávez was re-elected for the second time for a further six-year term with 62% of the […]