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Uruguay is located on the South American continent. The Latin American country borders the South Atlantic Ocean.
Below see a map of Uruguay with the neighbouring countries and you will find Uruguay's capital city Montevideo at the southern coastline.
The second smallest South American country shares borders with two South American countries: Argentina and Brazil. The longer border is shared with Brazil and is 1,050 km/ 2,113 miles long and about double the length than the border with Argentina.
Uruguay is slightly smaller than the state of Washington in the USA. Germany is about twice the size of Uruguay.
A flight to Montevideo takes roughly 11.5 hours from London/UK and 9.5 hours from New York/USA.
The capital city Montevideo is located at the Rio de lo Plata, river that separates Uruguay from Argentina.
The Rambla is a waterfront promenade that leads over 22 km/ 14 miles along the river. There are also 18 beaches nearby with life guards that also host activities such as fútbol (soccer) or volleyball matches.
The country has about 660 km/ 4,660 miles of coastline and is known for its many great beaches such as Playa Brava in the resort city of Punta del Este.
The country is mainly flat with rolling hills. The south has fertile coastlands and the north is dominated by some low mountains in the Sierra de las Ánimas.
The Uruguay River is the second longest river in Uruguay, forming the border to Argentina, while the Rio Negro flows though Uruguay dividing the country in a northern part and southern part.
The climate in Uruguay is mild and humid with warm summers and rainfall throughout the year. There are four distinct seasons and differences between the warmer north east and the fresher and milder Atlantic coast.
Uruguay is a rather small country with a population of only 3.4 million people. Most of the Uruguayans live in urban centres in the southern part of the country.
About half of the population live in and around the capital city Montevideo and around the southern city of Punta del Este.
The biggest cities in Uruguay are Montevideo and Salto in northern Uruguay. Salto is the second largest city with about 105,000 inhabitants.
Uruguay is considered the wealthiest and safest South American country. The Uruguayan average salary is the highest in South America.
Most people work in the services sector, while about 14% work in the agricultural sector and less than 10% of the population are unemployed. Especially in the northern region the gaucho lifestyle is still very present.
Uruguayan people are known as friendly and welcoming. Up to 96% of the Uruguayans have family roots in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France or Germany. Most European immigrants arrived in the country in the 19th century. Only a very small number of people in Uruguay are nowadays of indigenous descent.
About 20% of the Amerindians in Uruguaya live in the northern parts of the country and in there are about 300,000 Uruguayans of African descent.
Carnival is celebrated over forty days and celebrations start with a huge street parade in Montevideo.
Drumming features greatly in the celebrations and at one special event, during the Desfile de Llamadas which means the ‘Call of the Drums’ over 2,000 participating drums can be heard playing at once!
The official language in Uruguay is Spanish.
Uruguay is the smallest Spanish speaking country on the South American continent. Remember that the population in the smallest independent South American country Suriname speak mainly Dutch (official language) and English.
Portuñol is a mix of Spanish and Portuguese that is spoken close to the Brazilian border.
Uruguay has one of the strongest economies in South America. The country is known for its stable economy and often dubbed as the Switzerland of South America in the 1970s due to its democratic system offers many social benefits for its citizen and a stable economy.
The main agricultural products of Uruguay include beef, soybeans, wine and rice. Uruguay is one of the leading nations regarding renewable energy - ranking fourth after Luxembourg, Denmark and Germany.
In the last ten years, Uruguay has cut down massively the carbon footprint and shifted to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and water (hydroelectric power). Almost half of the country's installed capacity is carried by renewable energy sources.
About 87% of Uruguay is agricultural land, with the majority of this being permanent pastures and grassland which are used as grazing land for cattle and sheep herds. In Uruguay there are three times more cattle than people!
The largest trading partners of Uruguay are China, Brazil, the USA and Argentina.
In Uruguay there many different animal species. You will find armadillos and capybara, flamingos and greater rheas. Coatis can be found mainly in northern Uruguay.
Coatis are mammals that grow up to 69 cm/ 27 inches tall, they have strong limbs and can walk on their feet as human do but have racoon-like paws. The long snout is very flexible and so can rotate when they need to push objects or look for food. Coatis are omnivores.
The cuisine in Uruguay is a fusion from many different cuisines due to the melting pot of the population. As in other Latin and South European cultures, the days start and end later, and meal times thus are slightly different to the American or English meal times. Dinner is usually eaten around 9pm while merienda is between 5 and 7pm
The parilla or grill is one of the dining traditions in Uruguay. Different meats are grilled and offered on an iron grill, the parilla.
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Images for Uruguay Facts: Punta del Este by Ksenia Ragozina; Gaucho by Ksenia Ragozina; Antel Tower by Galina Savina; Rio Negro by Carolina Jaramilo; Cadombe by Kobby Dagan; Playa Brava by DFLC Prints; Hydroelectric Power Plant by Reisegraf.ch/all shutterstock.com
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