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La Rioja, Argentina

Administration
Full nameLa Rioja
Native name langes
Settlement typeCity
CountryArgentina
ProvinceLa Rioja
DepartmentCapital
Government
MayorRicardo C. Quintela
Geography
Elevation1781.5 ft (543 m)
Demography
Total Population143684 (2001)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneART (UTC-3)
CPA baseF5300
Area code+54 3822

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La Rioja is the capital city of the Argentine province of La Rioja, located on the east of the province. The city has a population of almost 150,000 as per the 2001.

La Rioja is located on the foot of the Velasco Sierras, 1167 km (725.1 mi) from Buenos Aires, and 430 km (267.2 mi) from Córdoba. It is one of the most arid and least populated provinces of Argentina. The Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport at coordinates is 7 kilometres away from La Rioja, and serves regular flights to Buenos Aires and Catamarca.

Former president Isabel Martínez de Perón was born in La Rioja. Another former president, Carlos Menem, was born nearby.


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