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    Useful Information about Uruguay
     

    General Information about Uruguay

     

    The Eastern Republic of Uruguay, formerly called Banda Oriental (East Bank), is located in the southern part of South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the northeast, Argentina to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast and the Río de la Plata (River Plate) to the southwest.

    The country is divided in 19 departments. The capital of Uruguay is the city of Montevideo, which is located inside the department with the same name, and it is placed in the south, in the bank of the River Plate. 

    It is one of the smallest countries in the continent. According to some studies, it is the least corrupt nation in Latin America after Chile.Furthermore, it has the lowest rate of poverty in the area. 

    People are highly educated, kind and friendly. The population consist mainly of white people and, for the most part, descendants of Italian and Spanish immigrants. There is also, in small proportion, native, mixed race and black people.

    Another characteristic that distinguishes Uruguay is that it is one of the safest countries of the world with a high standard of living and a high life expectancy.

    In arriving to Uruguay, you will feel welcome, smothered with attention, and you will realize that, beside the wonderful and varied touristic options, there is affable and polite people who are willing to offer you excelent assistance.  

     

    MORE DETAILS ABOUT URUGUAY

     

     Official NameEastern Republic of Uruguay
     CapitalMontevideo
     Geographical Location South America- between parallels 30º and 35° latitud South and meridians 53° and 58° longitude West
     Surface176.215 km2 
     LimitsBrazil to the N and NE, Argentina to the E, River Plate to the SW and Atlantic Ocean to the SE
     GentileUruguayan - Oriental
     Official LanguageSpanish 
     IndependencyAugust 25th, 1825
     Population 3.151.662 inhabitants according to census from 1996  
     Type of Government Democratic Republican Representative  
     Official Educational SystemLay, free and compulsory  
     Literacy96,2%,
     ElectionsPresidential elections every 5 years, in years ending in 0 or 5
     SuffrageCompulsory, starting at the age of 18 
     ReligionCatholics 56,2% - Non religious 38,3% - Protestants - 2% Jewish 1,7% 
     Ethnic GroupsWhite 88% - Mixed Race 8% - Black 4%
     VisaGranted for 90 days
     Immigration RequirementNeighbouring Countries: documento de identidad
    Rest of the world: passport
     Coasts660 km 
     Highest Point514 metres, Cerro Catedral
     CurrencyUruguayan Peso
     National FlowerThe Ceibo 
     Electricity220 Volts
     Business HoursMonday to Friday from 9am to 7pm 
     Banking HoursMonday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm 
     Tip10% 
     Local Grape VarietyTannat 
     Native Dog Breed Cimarrón Uruguayo 
     Telephone Prefix+ 598 
     Time ZoneUTC-3  
     Internet Domaincom.uy  

     


     

     



     

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