31 Facts About Buenos Aires

1. Buenos Aires is classified as an alpha global city, according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network 2020 ranking.

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2. City of Buenos Aires is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the Province's capital; rather, it is an autonomous district.

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3. In 1880, after decades of political infighting, Buenos Aires was federalized and removed from Buenos Aires Province.

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4. The quality of life in Buenos Aires was ranked 91st in the world in 2018, being one of the best in Latin America.

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5. Buenos Aires held the 1st FIBA World Championship in 1950 and 11th FIBA World Championship in 1990, the 1st Pan American Games in 1951, was the site of two venues in the 1978 FIFA World Cup and one in the 1982 FIVB Men's World Championship.

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6. The short form that eventually became the city's name, "Buenos Aires", became commonly used during the 17th century.

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7. Buenos Aires dubbed the settlement "Santisima Trinidad" and its port became "Puerto de Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires.

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8. From its earliest days, Buenos Aires depended primarily on trade.

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9. Buenos Aires became the capital again after its recapture by Argentine forces, but Sobremonte could not resume his duties as viceroy.

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10. Buenos Aires managed to endure the whole Spanish American wars of independence without falling again under royalist rule.

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11. Buenos Aires attracted migrants from Argentina's provinces and neighboring countries.

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12. On 30 June 1996, voters in Buenos Aires chose their first elected mayor.

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13. Buenos Aires is represented in the Argentine Senate by three senators.

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14. Guardia Urbana de Buenos Aires was a specialized civilian force of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that used to deal with different urban conflicts with the objective of developing actions of prevention, dissuasion and mediation, promoting effective behaviors that guarantee the security and the integrity of public order and social coexistence.

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15. The population of Greater Buenos Aires was 13,147,638 according to 2010 census data.

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16. Buenos Aires was the first city to host a Mundo Lingo event on 7 July 2011, which have been after replicated in up to 15 cities in 13 countries.

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17. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Buenos Aires was the second-largest Catholic city in the world after Paris.

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18. Buenos Aires is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America and the second largest in the Western Hemisphere after the United States.

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19. Buenos Aires is the seat of a Roman Catholic metropolitan archbishop, currently Archbishop Mario Poli.

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20. Buenos Aires is a major center for psychoanalysis, particularly the Lacanian school.

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21. Finance in Buenos Aires is especially important to Argentina's banking system, accounting for nearly half the nation's bank deposits and lending.

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22. Buenos Aires maintains low debt levels and its service requires less than 3 percent of the budget.

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23. Buenos Aires is an international hub of highly active and diverse nightlife with bars, dance bars and nightclubs staying open well past midnight.

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24. Buenos Aires is based on a square, rectangular grid pattern, save for natural barriers or the relatively rare developments explicitly designed otherwise.

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25. Port of Buenos Aires is one of the busiest in South America, as navigable rivers by way of the Rio de la Plata connect the port to northeastern Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

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26. The Centro Cultural Kirchner, located in Buenos Aires, is the largest cultural center of Latin America, and the third worldwide.

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27. Buenos Aires is one of the most prolific book publishers in Latin America and has more bookstores per capita than any other major city in the world.

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28. Buenos Aires was designated as the World Book Capital for the year 2011 by UNESCO.

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29. Carlos Gardel, an iconic figure of tango and Buenos Aires, became an international star by starring in several films during that era.

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30. In 2005, Buenos Aires was appointed as the first UNESCO City of Design, and received this title in 2007.

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31. Football is a popular pastime among many of the city's citizens, as Buenos Aires, featuring no fewer than 24 professional teams, has the highest concentration of teams of any city in the world.

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