Italy and Argentina have a close relationship with many accords, visits and diplomatic ties between them as well as social ties amongst the people.
Migration & Cultural Influence
Many Italian immigrants moved to Argentina from the middle of the 19th century with the movement continuing for some 100 years and almost 45% of all Italian migrants heading there.
An estimated 25 million Argentinians have Italian blood (some 60% of the population) and some 20% of the population directly descended from Italian immigrants making them the highest ethnic group in the country (more so than the Spanish, for example).
In terms of culture, customs and tradition, Italy has had a significant influence on Argentinian society. There are an estimated 1.5 million Argentinians who speak Italian as a first language making it the most important language after Spanish. With the considerable number of migrants, this figure appears quite low, but most migrants were poor people from the countryside who spoke only their local dialect and therefore there was not a single Italian language which came to the country.
In addition, there are almost as many Italian language television stations as Spanish and the cuisine is heavily influenced by Italian cooking.
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