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Pros and Cons of Living in Argentina

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're moving to Argentina, it's important to learn about both the Pros AND Cons of living in Argentina.

Argentina, a country known for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history, has become an increasingly popular destination for expats from around the world. Whether you're drawn to the bustling city life of Buenos Aires, the breathtaking natural beauty of Patagonia, or the world-renowned vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina offers a unique blend of Latin American charm and European sophistication. But like any country, living in Argentina comes with its own set of advantages and challenges. Let's delve into the pros and cons of making Argentina your new home.

Pros of Living in Argentina

One of the most significant advantages of living in Argentina is the high quality of life. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, making it possible to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. For instance, a meal at a mid-range restaurant in Buenos Aires can cost as little as $10, while a one-bedroom apartment in the city center can be rented for around $400 per month.

Argentina's healthcare system is another major draw. The country offers both public and private healthcare, with the latter being particularly affordable compared to the U.S. or Europe. Many doctors and medical staff speak English, and the standard of care is generally high. In fact, Argentina is often touted as having one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America.

For those who appreciate good food and wine, Argentina is a paradise. The country is famous for its beef, and the asado (Argentinian barbecue) is a must-try culinary experience. Argentina is also one of the world's top wine producers, with Malbec from Mendoza being particularly renowned. The country's Italian and Spanish influences are evident in its cuisine, offering a delicious fusion of flavors.

Argentina's diverse landscapes are another major plus. From the stunning Iguazu Falls in the north to the breathtaking glaciers of Patagonia in the south, there's no shortage of natural beauty to explore. The country's climate is as varied as its terrain, with tropical weather in the north and cooler temperatures in the south.

Finally, Argentina's vibrant culture and warm, friendly people make it a wonderful place to live. The country is known for its passion for football, its world-class tango, and its lively festivals. Argentinians are generally welcoming and sociable, making it easy for expats to feel at home.

Cons of Living in Argentina

While Argentina has many advantages, it also has its share of challenges. One of the most significant is the country's economic instability. Inflation rates are high, and the value of the Argentine peso can fluctuate dramatically. This can make financial planning difficult, particularly for those on a fixed income.

Another challenge is the language barrier. While many younger Argentinians and those in the tourism industry speak English, the majority of the population speaks Spanish. This can make everyday tasks like shopping or visiting the doctor more difficult for those who don't speak the language. However, many expats see this as an opportunity to learn a new language and immerse themselves in the local culture.

While Argentina's healthcare system is generally good, access to services can be uneven. In larger cities like Buenos Aires, the standard of care is high and there are plenty of medical facilities. However, in more rural areas, healthcare services can be limited and the quality of care can vary.

Crime can also be a concern, particularly in larger cities. While most expats report feeling safe in Argentina, petty crime like pickpocketing and bag snatching can be a problem in tourist areas. It's important to take precautions and stay aware of your surroundings.

Finally, while Argentina's diverse climate can be a plus, it can also be a challenge. The hot, humid summers in Buenos Aires can be uncomfortable, while the cold winters in the south can be harsh. However, for those who enjoy experiencing all four seasons, Argentina's varied climate can be a big draw.

Despite these challenges, many expats find that the benefits of living in Argentina far outweigh the downsides. With its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and friendly people, Argentina offers a unique and rewarding living experience. As with any move abroad, it's important to do your research and be prepared for the challenges as well as the rewards. But for those who are up for the adventure, Argentina can be a wonderful place to call home.

Expats Talk about Pros & Cons of Living in Argentina

"Argentines are lovely people but they are mercilessly exploited by the people they elect to govern them. If you can stay away from politics, life for an expat - especially when married to a local - is very good. There is a very rich literary, artistic and theatre culture which most other cities elsewhere would envy - bar London and New York, of course. I am retired and married to a local so most of the bureaucratic problems wash over me but if you have to earn a living here, the tax and employment legislation can be a nightmare. My advice to an individual, coming on their own would be to do their homework very thoroughly indeed. Someone coming to work for a local corporation should be very sure of exactly what they are coming into and should ask for practical help in getting started with accommodation etc etc. Someone coming to work for the multinational company that already employs them elsewhere should insist that the company sets things up for them from the get-go. So much time and frustation in finding out the local way of doing things is the ONLY way of doing things can be avoided by planning and preparation - and if you can get somebody already on the ground to do that for you so much the better," commented one expat living in Buenos Aires , Argentina.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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