German Argentine ties
German immigration into Argentina is the largest in Latin America. Today over three million Argentines are of German descent. Argentina has had an open door policy on immigration for the last 200 years, including a long period were immigration (specifically from European countries) was actively encouraged. Due to the hundreds of number of German immigrants who lived in the country, Argentina maintained close ties with Germany and remained neutral for much of World War II. Today German traditions can be seen in various provinces. The five provinces with the largest numbers of inhabitants of German descent are, in order of largest German population: Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires, Misiones, and La Pampa.