Updated 11 August 2012
Oriental Republic of Uruguay is located in the south of the South American Continent, with a population of 3,316,328,
making it the 134t
h largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Montevideo with a total population of
1,336,878. The country encompasses 176,220 square kilometers making it the 90th largest country in total area. It
shares boundaries with Brazil, the South Atlantic Ocean and Argentina.

President Jose "Pepe" Mujica Cordano is recognized as both the Chief of State and Head of Government and, along
with Vice President Danilo Astori Saragoza, achieves that status through popular vote and holds that position for non-
consecutive five years terms.  Its form of government is a constitutional republic and they celebrate the creation of
their constitution on 27th of November 1966.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Spanish and Portunol or Brazilero, a Portuguese-Spanish mix
common on the Brazilian frontier. It counts among its major religions Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, non-
professing and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 93 AM, 191 FM, 7 Short Wave and 62
Television stations.

Major geographical features are Cerro Catedral, its highest point at 514 meters and the Atlantic Ocean, its lowest point
at 0 meters. Its principal waterways are the Atlantic Coast, Merin Lagoon, Rio De La Plata, and portions of Rio
Yaguaron and Rio Negro, which measures 1,600 meters.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are food processing, electrical
machinery, transportation, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals and beverages. Its official currency is the
Uruguayan Peso.

Here’s something you may not know about Uruguay. In 1930 Uruguay was chosen as the site for the very first
Soccer (football) World Cup Championships.
Horseman in the
Atacama Desert
Cerro Catedral-
Uruguay's highest point
Montevideo- Uruguay's
capital and largest city
Rio De La Plata
Rio Negro
Uruguayan Brothers
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Sea Lion mother and
baby in Merin Lagoon
near the Atlantic coast-
Uruguay's lowest and
easternmost point
People in traditional
dress in Colonia
Read about human rights in Pax
World Post Report!
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.5% (2009 est.)


Chivito- an Uruguayan
national dish comprised
of bacon green olives,
mozzarella and
Colonia de
Sacramento on the Rio
de la Plata
Cuareim River Basin-
northernmost point on
the border with Brazil
Fray Bentos on the
Paraguay River-
westernmost point on
the border with
Lago Rincon del
Bonete- A massive
artificial lake in Uruguay
Lago Salto Grande in
northwestern Uruguay
Punta del Este-
southernmost point
where the Rio De La
Plata meets the
Atlantic Ocean