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Uruguay is a South American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast. The capital, Montevideo, revolves around Plaza Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. It leads to Ciudad Vieja (Old City), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and Mercado del Puerto, an old port market with many steakhouses. La Rambla, a waterfront promenade, passes fish stalls, piers and parks.

Languages: Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)


Ethnic Groups: white 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%, Amerindian


Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1%




Population: 3.42 million people (World Rank: 133rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 50.5 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 200th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.345 %/yr (World Rank: 179th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 77.2 years (World Rank: 68th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 33.7 years (World Rank: 60th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Uruguay

World Factbook

Uruguay - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Uruguay
Quick Citation

Uruguay - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Uruguay
Quick Citation

Uruguayan Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Uruguayan Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for Uruguay
from travelnotes.org

Local Weather Conditions

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