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Destination Uruguay. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Uruguay's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this South American nation, e.g.: official web sites of Uruguay, addresses of Uruguayan and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Uruguay.

Capital Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguay's Capital Montevideo ©

Eastern Republic of Uruguay | República Oriental del Uruguay

Country Profile

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Flag of Uruguay

A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement, the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to agree to military control of his administration in 1973. By the end of the year the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold throughout the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Argentina, Brazil
where in South America is Uruguay

Official Name:
República Oriental del Uruguay
short form: Uruguay
int'l long form: Eastern Republic of Uruguay
former: Banda Oriental, Cisplatine Province

ISO Country Code: uy

Local Time = UTC -3h
Actual Time: Sun-Jan-25  11:15

Country Calling Code: +598

Capital City: Montevideo (pop.: 1.3 million)
Other Cities: Maldonado

Type: Constitutional Republic.
Independence: 25 August 1825 (from Brazil)
Constitution: First 1830, current 1967, most recently amended December 1996.

Location: Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil.
Area: 176,000 kmĀ² (68,000 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Plains and low hills; 84% agricultural.

Climate: Temperate.

Nationality: Uruguayan(s).
Population: 3.25 million (2011 census)
Ethnic groups (est.): European descent 93%, African descent 5%, mestizo 1%, Amerindian (practically nonexistent).
Religions: Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant and other Christian 16%, Jewish 2%, non-professing or other 30%.
Languages: Spanish.
Literacy: 97%.

Natural resources: Arable land, hydropower, minor minerals, fisheries.

Agriculture products: Rice, wheat, corn, barley; livestock; fish.

Industries: Food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beverages.

Exports partners: Brazil 19.4%, USA 18%, Germany 6.6%, Argentina 6.4% (2004)

Imports partners: Argentina 21.3%, Brazil 17.1%, USA 12.3%, China 6.9%, Russia 5.1% (2004)

Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)

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Official Sites of Uruguay

República Oriental del Uruguay
The Government of Uruguay.

Presidencia de la República Oriental del Uruguay
Official site of the presidency of Uruguay.

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
The Ministry of External Relations (in Spanish).

Diplomatic Missions
Misión Permanente de Uruguay ante las Naciones Unidas
Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations.
Embassy of Uruguay
Uruguay's Embassy in Washington D.C.
Uruguay's Diplomatic Missions Abroad
Address list of Diplomatic Missions.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions
Address list of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Uruguay.

Instituto Nacional de Estadistica
The National Institute for Statistics.

 Map of Uruguay
Political Map of Uruguay.
Google Earth Google Earth Uruguay
Searchable map and satellite view of Uruguay.
Google Earth Google Earth Montevideo
Searchable map and satellite view of Uruguay's capital city.

Map of South America
Reference map of South America.



El Observador
Business news (in Spanish)
El Pais
Uruguay's daily (in Spanish)
La Republica
Local news (in Spanish)


Arts & Culture

Artists, mueseums and foundations of Uruguay (Spanish).
Museo del Gaucho
Gaucho history (Spanish)
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales
Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo
Museo Virtual de Artes El Pais
Contemporary Uruguayan Art


Business & Economy

Banco Central del Uruguay
Central Bank of Uruguay
Bolsa de Valores de Montevideo
Bolsa Electrónica de Valores del Uruguay S.A.

Cámara de industrias del Uruguay
Uruguay Chamber of Industry

Uruguay based airline

Destination Uruguay - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Uruguay: accommodation, hotels, thermal tourism, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, sailing, diving and much more.

The Country of Encounter - Information by the Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay.

Punta del Este
Hotel and travel guide to Punta del Este, one of South America's most glamorous and exclusive destinations.
History, Geography, Climatology, Administration and Government, Economy, Population and Statistics.
A guide to Uruguay with country and tourist information and a reservation system for hotels in Uruguay.

The City of Montevideo.
Uruguayan Montevideo community portal with news and information (in Spanish).

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Punta del Este
Punta del Este © Ministerio de Turismo


Universidad Católica del Uruguay
Universidad Ort
Universidad de la República Uruguay
Founded in 1906


Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente
Uruguay's National directorate for the environment.

Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM)
The Third World Insitute, performs information, communication and education activities on an international level, concerning development and environment-related activities.
Linea Verde
Environmental project which aims to encourage the citizens participation in the resolution of environmental problems. (in Spanish)
REDES - Amigos de la Tierra Uruguay
Friends of Earth, Uruguay (in Spanish)
World Rainforest Movement
Movement to defend the world's rainforests. 


Uruguay History
Brief history of Uruguay by the Embassy of Uruguay.
WWW-VL History: Uruguay
Index of online resources in English and Spanish pertaining the history of this country.


Directory of Uruguayan web sites.
An Uruguay search engine and directory.
Uruguay Total
Buscador de Sitios Web Uruguayos. Search engine and directory (in Spanish).

Additional Information on Uruguay

BBC News Country Profile: Uruguay
Governments on the WWW: Uruguay
Latin American Network Information Center on Uruguay.
Open Directory Project: Uruguay
Wikipedia: Uruguay
The World Factbook -- Uruguay
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Our world would be much poorer and colder without the creativity and ingenuity of the colorful LGBT* culture.
So, get up, stand up, and don't let it happen again and again and again.

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But in some societies this natural law has been neglected by religions, governments and other interest groups in favour for better controllable straight-laced communities.

But if you know what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth
(lyrics from the song Get Up, Stand Up)
Bob Marley

* LGBT - acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

Declaration of Human Rights

Article I
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.