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Coordinates: 33°S 56°W / 33°S 56°W / -33; -56

Oriental Republic of Uruguay República Oriental del Uruguay  (Spanish)

Flag

Coat of arms

Motto: "Libertad o Muerte" (Spanish) "Freedom or Death"

Anthem: Himno Nacional de Uruguay National Anthem of Uruguay

Location of  Uruguay  (dark green) in South America  (grey)

Capital and largest city Montevideo 34°53′S 56°10′W / 34.883°S 56.167°W / -34.883; -56.167

Official languages Spanish[fn 1]

National language Spanish

Ethnic groups (2016[1])

88% White 8% Mestizo 4% Black

Religion See Religion in Uruguay

Demonym Uruguayan

Government Unitary presidential constitutional republic

• President

Tabaré Vázquez

• Vice President

Lucía Topolansky

Legislature General Assembly

• Upper house

Senate

• Lower house

Chamber of Representatives

Independence from the Empire of Brazil

• Declared

25 August 1825

• Recognized

27 August 1828

• First Constitution

18 July 1830

Area

• Total

176,215 km2 (68,037 sq mi) (89th)

• Water (%)

1.5

Population

• 2016 estimate

3,444,006[2] (134th)

• 2011 census

3,286,314[3]

• Density

18.6/km2 (48.2/sq mi) (207th)

GDP (PPP) 2018 estimate

• Total

$82.406 billion[4] (91st)

• Per capita

$23,504[4] (60th)

GDP (nominal) 2018 estimate

• Total

$65.815 billion[4] (78th)

• Per capita

$18,772[4] (43rd)

Gini (2013)  38.2[5] medium

HDI (2015)  0.795[6] high · 54th

Currency Uruguayan peso
Uruguayan peso
(UYU)

Time zone UYT (UTC−3)

Drives on the right

Calling code +598

ISO 3166 code UY

Internet TLD .uy

Uruguay
Uruguay
(/ˈjʊərəɡwaɪ/ ( listen);[7] Spanish pronunciation: [uɾuˈɣwai̯]), officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Uruguay
(Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay), is a sovereign state in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina
Argentina
to its west and Brazil
Brazil
to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata (River of Silver) to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay
Uruguay
is home to an estimated 3.44 million people,[2] of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay
Uruguay
is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America,[8] after Suriname. Uruguay
Uruguay
was inhabited by the Charrúa people
Charrúa people
for approximately 4,000[citation needed] years before the Portuguese established Colonia del Sacramento in 1680, meaning that Uruguay
Uruguay
began to be colonized by Europeans relatively late compared with neighboring countries. Montevideo
Montevideo
was founded as a military stronghold by the Spanish in the early 18th century, signifying the competing claims over the region. Uruguay
Uruguay
won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Spain, Portugal, and later Argentina
Argentina
and Brazil. It remained subject to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 19th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics until the late 20th century. Modern Uruguay is a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government. Uruguay
Uruguay
is ranked first in Latin America
Latin America
in democracy, peace, low perception of corruption,[9] e-government,[10] and is first in South America when it comes to press freedom, size of the middle class and prosperity.[9] On a per-capita basis, Uruguay
Uruguay
contributes more troops to United Nations
United Nations
peacekeeping missions than any other country.[9] It tops the rank of absence of terrorism, a unique position within South America. It ranks second in the region on economic freedom, income equality, per-capita income and inflows of FDI.[9] Uruguay
Uruguay
is the third-best country on the continent in terms of HDI, GDP growth,[11] innovation and infrastructure.[9] It is regarded as a high-income country (top group) by the UN.[10] Uruguay
Uruguay
is also the third-best ranked in the world in e-Participation.[10] Uruguay
Uruguay
is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk.[9] Nearly 95% of Uruguay's electricity comes from renewable energy, mostly hydroelectric facilities and wind parks.[12] The Economist
The Economist
named Uruguay
Uruguay
"country of the year" in 2013,[13] acknowledging the innovative policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. Same-sex marriage and abortion are also legal, leading Uruguay
Uruguay
to be regarded as one of the most liberal nations in the world, and one of the most socially developed, outstanding regionally,[14] and ranking highly on global measures of personal rights, tolerance, and inclusion issues.[15]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Early colonization 2.2 Independence
Independence
struggle (1811–1830) 2.3 Blancos–Colorados conflicts

2.3.1 Mass immigration and development

2.4 20th century 2.5 Civic-military regime

2.5.1 Return to democracy (1984–present)

3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Government

4.1 Administrative divisions 4.2 Foreign relations 4.3 Military

5 Economy

5.1 Agriculture 5.2 Tourism 5.3 Transportation 5.4 Telecommunications 5.5 Green energy supply

6 Demographics

6.1 Largest cities 6.2 Health 6.3 Religion 6.4 Language

7 Education 8 Culture

8.1 Visual arts 8.2 Music 8.3 Literature 8.4 Media 8.5 Sport

9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

Etymology[edit] The name of the namesake river comes from the Spanish pronunciation of the regional Guarani word for it. There are several interpretations, including "bird-river" ("the river of the urú", via Charruan, urú being a common noun of any wild fowl).[16][17] The name could also refer to a river snail called uruguá (Pomella megastoma) that was plentiful in the water.[18] In Spanish colonial times, and for some time thereafter, Uruguay
Uruguay
and some neighbouring territories were called the Cisplatina
Cisplatina
and Banda Oriental [del Uruguay] ("East Bank [of the Uruguay
Uruguay
River]"), then for a few years the "Eastern Province". Since its independence, the country has been known as la República Oriental del Uruguay, which literally means "the eastern republic of the Uruguay
Uruguay
[River]", however, it is commonly translated either as the "Oriental Republic of Uruguay"[1][19] or the "Eastern Republic of Uruguay".[20] History[edit] Main article: History of Uruguay The documented inhabitants of Uruguay
Uruguay
before European colonization of the area were the Charrúa, a small tribe driven south by the Guarani of Paraguay.[21][not in citation given] It is estimated that there were about 9,000 Charrúa
Charrúa
and 6,000 Chaná and Guaraní at the time of contact with Europeans in the 1500s.[22] Their lands were either stolen or bought and then developed by European settlers, Fructuoso Rivera
Rivera
- Uruguay's first president – organized the Charruas's genocide.[citation needed] Early colonization[edit]

Monument to Charruas native people in Montevideo

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to enter the region of present-day Uruguay
Uruguay
in 1512.[23][24] The Spanish arrived in present-day Uruguay
Uruguay
in 1516.[21] The indigenous peoples' fierce resistance to conquest, combined with the absence of gold and silver, limited their settlement in the region during the 16th and 17th centuries.[21] Uruguay
Uruguay
then became a zone of contention between the Spanish and Portuguese empires. In 1603, the Spanish began to introduce cattle, which became a source of wealth in the region. The first permanent Spanish settlement was founded in 1624 at Soriano on the Río Negro. In 1669–71, the Portuguese built a fort at Colonia del Sacramento. Spanish colonization increased as Spain sought to limit Portugal's expansion of Brazil's frontiers.[citation needed] Montevideo
Montevideo
was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold in the country. Its natural harbor soon developed into a commercial area competing with Río de la Plata's capital, Buenos Aires.[21] Uruguay's early 19th century history was shaped by ongoing fights for dominance in the Platine region,[21] between British, Spanish, Portuguese and other colonial forces. In 1806 and 1807, the British army attempted to seize Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
and Montevideo as part of the Napoleonic Wars. Montevideo
Montevideo
was occupied by a British force from February to September 1807. Independence
Independence
struggle (1811–1830)[edit]

The oath of the Thirty-Three Orientals
Thirty-Three Orientals
by Uruguayan painter Juan Manuel Blanes

Further information: Banda Oriental, Liga Federal, and Cisplatina In 1811, José Gervasio Artigas, who became Uruguay's national hero, launched a successful revolt against the Spanish authorities, defeating them on 18 May at the Battle of Las Piedras.[21] In 1813, the new government in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
convened a constituent assembly where Artigas emerged as a champion of federalism, demanding political and economic autonomy for each area, and for the Banda Oriental in particular.[25] The assembly refused to seat the delegates from the Banda Oriental, however, and Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
pursued a system based on unitary centralism.[25] As a result, Artigas broke with Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
and besieged Montevideo, taking the city in early 1815.[25] Once the troops from Buenos Aires had withdrawn, the Banda Oriental
Banda Oriental
appointed its first autonomous government.[25] Artigas organized the Federal League under his protection, consisting of six provinces, four of which later became part of Argentina.[25] In 1816, a force of 10,000 Portuguese troops invaded the Banda Oriental from Brazil; they took Montevideo
Montevideo
in January 1817.[25] After nearly four more years of struggle, the Portuguese Kingdom of Brazil annexed the Banda Oriental
Banda Oriental
as a province under the name of "Cisplatina".[25] The Brazilian Empire became independent of Portugal in 1822. In response to the annexation, the Thirty-Three Orientals, led by Juan Antonio Lavalleja, declared independence on 25 August 1825 supported by the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata
Río de la Plata
(present-day Argentina).[21] This led to the 500-day-long Cisplatine War. Neither side gained the upper hand and in 1828 the Treaty of Montevideo, fostered by the United Kingdom through the diplomatic efforts of Viscount John Ponsonby, gave birth to Uruguay
Uruguay
as an independent state. The nation's first constitution was adopted on 18 July 1830.[21] Blancos–Colorados conflicts[edit] Further information: Uruguayan Civil War

Manuel Oribe, leader of Blancos

At the time of independence, Uruguay
Uruguay
had an estimated population of just under 75,000.[26] The era from independence until 1904 was marked by regular military conflicts and civil wars between the Blanco and Colorado Parties. The political scene in Uruguay
Uruguay
became split between two parties: the conservative Blancos (Whites) headed by the second President Manuel Oribe, representing the agricultural interests of the countryside; and the liberal Colorados (Reds) led by the first President Fructuoso Rivera, representing the business interests of Montevideo. The Uruguayan parties received support from warring political factions in neighbouring Argentina, which became involved in Uruguayan affairs. The Colorados favored the exiled Argentine liberal Unitarios, many of whom had taken refuge in Montevideo
Montevideo
while the Blanco president Manuel Oribe was a close friend of the Argentine ruler Manuel de Rosas. On 15 June 1838, an army led by the Colorado leader Rivera
Rivera
overthrew President Oribe, who fled to Argentina.[26] Rivera
Rivera
declared war on Rosas in 1839. The conflict would last 13 years and become known as the Guerra Grande (the Great War).[26] In 1843, an Argentine army overran Uruguay
Uruguay
on Oribe's behalf, but failed to take the capital. The siege of Montevideo, which began in February 1843, would last nine years.[27] The besieged Uruguayans called on resident foreigners for help, which led to a French and an Italian legion being formed, the latter led by the exiled Giuseppe Garibaldi.[27]

The Battle of Caseros, 1852

In 1845, Britain and France
France
intervened against Rosas to restore commerce to normal levels in the region. Their efforts proved ineffective and, by 1849, tired of the war, both withdrew after signing a treaty favorable to Rosas.[27] It appeared that Montevideo would finally fall when an uprising against Rosas, led by Justo José de Urquiza, governor of Argentina's Entre Ríos Province, began. The Brazilian intervention in May 1851 on behalf of the Colorados, combined with the uprising, changed the situation and Oribe was defeated. The siege of Montevideo
Montevideo
was lifted and the Guerra Grande finally came to an end.[27] Montevideo
Montevideo
rewarded Brazil's support by signing treaties that confirmed Brazil's right to intervene in Uruguay's internal affairs.[27] In accordance with the 1851 treaties, Brazil
Brazil
intervened militarily in Uruguay
Uruguay
as often as it deemed necessary.[28] In 1865, the Triple Alliance was formed by the emperor of Brazil, the president of Argentina, and the Colorado general Venancio Flores, the Uruguayan head of government whom they both had helped to gain power. The Triple Alliance declared war on the Paraguayan leader Francisco Solano López[28] and the resulting Paraguayan War
Paraguayan War
ended with the invasion of Paraguay
Paraguay
and its defeat by the armies of the three countries. Montevideo, which was used as a supply station by the Brazilian navy, experienced a period of prosperity and relative calm during the war.[28] The constitutional government of General Lorenzo Batlle y Grau (1868–72) suppressed the Revolution of the Lances
Revolution of the Lances
by the Blancos.[29] After two years of struggle, a peace agreement was signed in 1872 that gave the Blancos a share in the emoluments and functions of government, through control of four of the departments of Uruguay.[29]

Uruguayan troops entrenched in the Battle of Tuyutí, 1866

This establishment of the policy of co-participation represented the search for a new formula of compromise, based on the coexistence of the party in power and the party in opposition.[29] Despite this agreement, Colorado rule was threatened by the failed Tricolor Revolution in 1875 and Revolution of the Quebracho in 1886. The Colorado effort to reduce Blancos to only three departments caused a Blanco uprising of 1897, which ended with the creation of 16 departments, of which the Blancos now had control over six. Blancos were given ⅓ of seats in Congress.[30] This division of power lasted until the President Jose Batlle y Ordonez
Jose Batlle y Ordonez
instituted his political reforms which caused the last uprising by Blancos in 1904 that ended with the Battle of Masoller and the death of Blanco leader Aparicio Saravia. Between 1875 and 1890, the military became the center of power.[31] During this authoritarian period, the government took steps toward the organization of the country as a modern state, encouraging its economic and social transformation. Pressure groups (consisting mainly of businessmen, hacendados, and industrialists) were organized and had a strong influence on government.[31] A transition period (1886–90) followed, during which politicians began recovering lost ground and some civilian participation in government occurred.[31] Mass immigration and development[edit] Main article: Immigration
Immigration
to Uruguay

Juan Idiarte Borda
Juan Idiarte Borda
(1844–1897), 17th President of Uruguay
President of Uruguay
and the only one assassinated

After the Guerra Grande, there was a sharp rise in the number of immigrants, primarily from Italy and Spain. By 1879, the total population of the country was over 438,500.[32] The economy reflected a steep upswing (if demonstrated graphically, above all other related economic determinants), in livestock raising and exports.[32] Montevideo
Montevideo
became a major economic center of the region and an entrepôt for goods from Argentina, Brazil
Brazil
and Paraguay.[32] 20th century[edit] The Colorado leader José Batlle y Ordóñez
José Batlle y Ordóñez
was elected president in 1903.[33] The following year, the Blancos led a rural revolt and eight bloody months of fighting ensued before their leader, Aparicio Saravia, was killed in battle. Government forces emerged victorious, leading to the end of the co-participation politics that had begun in 1872.[33] Batlle had two terms (1903–07 and 1911–15) during which, taking advantage of the nation's stability and growing economic prosperity, he instituted major reforms, such as a welfare program, government participation in many facets of the economy, and a plural executive.[21] Gabriel Terra
Gabriel Terra
became president in March 1931. His inauguration coincided with the effects of the Great Depression,[34] and the social climate became tense as a result of the lack of jobs. There were confrontations in which police and leftists died.[34] In 1933, Terra organized a coup d'état, dissolving the General Assembly and governing by decree.[34] A new constitution was promulgated in 1934, transferring powers to the president.[34] In general, the Terra government weakened or neutralized economic nationalism and social reform.[34] In 1938, general elections were held and Terra's brother-in-law, General Alfredo Baldomir, was elected president. Under pressure from organized labor and the National Party, Baldomir advocated free elections, freedom of the press, and a new constitution.[35] Although Baldomir declared Uruguay
Uruguay
neutral in 1939, British warships and the German ship Admiral Graf Spee fought a battle not far off Uruguay's coast.[35] The Admiral Graf Spee took refuge in Montevideo, claiming sanctuary in a neutral port, but was later ordered out.[35] In the late 1950s, partly because of a worldwide decrease in demand for agricultural products, Uruguayans suffered from a steep drop in their standard of living, which led to student militancy and labor unrest. An armed group known as the Tupamaros
Tupamaros
emerged in the 1960s, engaging in activities such as bank robbery, kidnapping and assassination, in addition to attempting an overthrow of the government. Civic-military regime[edit] President Jorge Pacheco declared a state of emergency in 1968, followed by a further suspension of civil liberties in 1972. In 1973, amid increasing economic and political turmoil, the armed forces, asked by the President Juan María Bordaberry, closed the Congress and established a civilian-military regime.[21] Around 200 Uruguayans are known to have been killed and disappeared, with hundreds more illegally detained and tortured during the 12-year civil-military rule of 1973 to 1985.[36] Most were killed in Argentina
Argentina
and other neighboring countries, with 36 of them having been killed in Uruguay.[37] Return to democracy (1984–present)[edit]

The then-Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle
Jorge Batlle
with former U.S. president George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
in 2003

A new constitution, drafted by the military, was rejected in a November 1980 referendum.[21] Following the referendum, the armed forces announced a plan for the return to civilian rule, and national elections were held in 1984.[21] Colorado Party leader Julio María Sanguinetti won the presidency and served from 1985 to 1990. The first Sanguinetti administration implemented economic reforms and consolidated democracy following the country's years under military rule.[21] The National Party's Luis Alberto Lacalle
Luis Alberto Lacalle
won the 1989 presidential election and amnesty for human rights abusers was endorsed by referendum. Sanguinetti was then re-elected in 1994.[38] Both presidents continued the economic structural reforms initiated after the reinstatement of democracy, and other important reforms were aimed at improving the electoral system, social security, education, and public safety. The 1999 national elections were held under a new electoral system established by a 1996 constitutional amendment. Colorado Party candidate Jorge Batlle, aided by the support of the National Party, defeated Broad Front candidate Tabaré Vázquez. The formal coalition ended in November 2002, when the Blancos withdrew their ministers from the cabinet,[21] although the Blancos continued to support the Colorados on most issues. Low commodity prices and economic difficulties in Uruguay's main export markets (starting in Brazil
Brazil
with the devaluation of the real, then in Argentina
Argentina
in 2002), caused a severe recession; the economy contracted by 11%, unemployment climbed to 21%, and the percentage of Uruguayans in poverty rose to over 30%.[39]

Bicentennial celebrations in 2011. The image shows 500 school children from 19 schools across the country gathered at the Palacio Legislativo.

In 2004, Uruguayans elected Tabaré Vázquez
Tabaré Vázquez
as president, while giving the Broad Front a majority in both houses of Parliament. Vázquez stuck to economic orthodoxy. As commodity prices soared and the economy recovered from recession, he tripled foreign investment, cut poverty and unemployment, cut public debt from 79% of GDP to 60%, and kept inflation steady.[40] In 2009, José Mujica, a former left-wing militant who spent almost 15 years in prison during the country's military rule, emerged as the new President as the Broad Front won the election for a second time.[41] Abortion was legalized in 2012, followed by same-sex marriage and cannabis in the following year. In 2014, Tabaré Vázquez
Tabaré Vázquez
was elected to a non-consecutive second presidential term, which began on March 1, 2015. Geography[edit]

A satellite image of Uruguay

Main article: Geography of Uruguay See also: Geology of Uruguay With 176,214 km2 (68,037 sq mi) of continental land and 142,199 km2 (54,903 sq mi) of jurisdictional water and small river islands,[42] Uruguay
Uruguay
is the second smallest sovereign nation in South America
South America
(after Suriname) and the third smallest territory ( French Guiana
French Guiana
is the smallest).[1] The landscape features mostly rolling plains and low hill ranges (cuchillas) with a fertile coastal lowland.[1] Uruguay
Uruguay
has 660 km (410 mi) of coastline.[1] A dense fluvial network covers the country, consisting of four river basins, or deltas: the Río de la Plata
Río de la Plata
Basin, the Uruguay
Uruguay
River, the Laguna Merín and the Río Negro. The major internal river is the Río Negro ('Black River'). Several lagoons are found along the Atlantic coast. The highest point in the country is the Cerro Catedral, whose peak reaches 514 metres (1,686 ft) AMSL in the Sierra Carapé hill range. To the southwest is the Río de la Plata, the estuary of the Uruguay River
Uruguay River
(which river forms the country's western border). Montevideo
Montevideo
is the southernmost capital city in the Americas, and the third most southerly in the world (only Canberra
Canberra
and Wellington
Wellington
are further south). There are ten national parks in Uruguay: Five in the wetland areas of the east, three in the central hill country, and one in the west along the Rio Uruguay.

Geography of Uruguay

Cerro Batoví
Cerro Batoví
in Tacuarembó
Tacuarembó
Department

Iporá
Iporá
lake in Tacuarembó

Salto del Penitente
Salto del Penitente
mountain in Lavalleja
Lavalleja
Department

Sand dunes in Barra de Valizas
Barra de Valizas
beach, Cabo Polonio

Uruguay
Uruguay
River, north of the country, border with Brazil

Climate[edit]

Maldonado bay

Main article: Climate of Uruguay Located entirely within a temperate zone, Uruguay
Uruguay
has a climate that is relatively mild and fairly uniform nationwide.[43] Seasonal variations are pronounced, but extremes in temperature are rare.[43] As would be expected with its abundance of water, high humidity and fog are common.[43] The absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, makes all locations vulnerable to high winds and rapid changes in weather as fronts or storms sweep across the country.[43] Both summer and winter weather may vary from day to day with the passing of storm fronts, where a hot northerly wind may occasionally be followed by a cold wind (pampero) from the Argentine Pampas.[19] Uruguay
Uruguay
has a largely uniform temperature throughout the year, with summers being tempered by winds off the Atlantic; severe cold in winter is unknown.[43][44] The heaviest precipitation occurs during the autumn months, although more frequent rainy spells occur in winter.[19] The mean annual precipitation is generally greater than 40 inches (1,000 mm), decreasing with distance from the sea coast, and is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year.[19] The average temperature for the midwinter month of July varies from 12 °C (54 °F) at Salto in the northern interior to 9 °C (48 °F) at Montevideo
Montevideo
in the south.[19] The midsummer month of January varies from a warm average of 26 °C (79 °F) at Salto to 22 °C (72 °F) at Montevideo.[19] National extreme temperatures at sea level are, Paysandú
Paysandú
city 44 °C (111 °F) (20 January 1943) and Melo city −11.0 °C (12.2 °F) (14 June 1967).[45] Government[edit]

Palacio Legislativo, Montevideo

Palacio Piria, seat of the supreme court

Main article: Politics of Uruguay Uruguay
Uruguay
is a representative democratic republic with a presidential system.[46] The members of government are elected for a five-year term by a universal suffrage system.[46] Uruguay
Uruguay
is a unitary state: justice, education, health, security, foreign policy and defense are all administered nationwide.[46] The Executive Power is exercised by the president and a cabinet of 13 ministers.[46] The legislative power is constituted by the General Assembly, composed of two chambers: the Chamber of Representatives, consisting of 99 members representing the 19 departments, elected based on proportional representation; and the Chamber of Senators, consisting of 31 members, 30 of whom are elected for a five-year term by proportional representation and the Vice-President, who presides over the chamber.[46] The judicial arm is exercised by the Supreme Court, the Bench and Judges nationwide. The members of the Supreme Court are elected by the General Assembly; the members of the Bench are selected by the Supreme Court with the consent of the Senate; and the judges are directly assigned by the Supreme Court.[46] Uruguay
Uruguay
adopted its current constitution in 1967.[47][48] Many of its provisions were suspended in 1973, but re-established in 1985. Drawing on Switzerland and its use of the initiative, the Uruguayan Constitution also allows citizens to repeal laws or to change the constitution by popular initiative, which culminates in a nationwide referendum. This method has been used several times over the past 15 years: to confirm a law renouncing prosecution of members of the military who violated human rights during the military regime (1973–1985); to stop privatization of public utilities companies; to defend pensioners' incomes; and to protect water resources.[49] For most of Uruguay's history, the Partido Colorado has been in government.[50][citation needed] However, in the Uruguayan general election, 2009, the Broad Front won an absolute majority in Parliamentary elections, and José Mujica
José Mujica
of the Broad Front defeated Luis Alberto Lacalle
Luis Alberto Lacalle
of the Blancos to win the presidency. A 2010 Latinobarómetro poll found that, within Latin America, Uruguayans are among the most supportive of democracy and by far the most satisfied with the way democracy works in their country.[51] Uruguay
Uruguay
ranked 27th in the Freedom House
Freedom House
"Freedom in the World" index. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit
Economist Intelligence Unit
in 2012, Uruguay
Uruguay
scored an 8.17 in the Democracy
Democracy
Index and ranked equal 18th amongst the 25 countries considered to be full democracies in the world.[52] Uruguay ranks 18th in the World Corruption Perceptions Index
Corruption Perceptions Index
composed by Transparency International. Administrative divisions[edit]

A map of the departments of Uruguay

Main article: Administrative divisions of Uruguay Uruguay
Uruguay
is divided into 19 departments whose local administrations replicate the division of the executive and legislative powers.[46] Each department elects its own authorities through a universal suffrage system.[46] The departmental executive authority resides in a superintendent and the legislative authority in a departmental board.[46]

Department Capital Area Population (2011 census)[53]

km2 sq mi

Artigas Artigas 11,928 4,605 73,378

Canelones Canelones 4,536 1,751 520,187

Cerro Largo Melo 13,648 5,270 84,698

Colonia Colonia del Sacramento 6,106 2,358 123,203

Durazno Durazno 11,643 4,495 57,088

Flores Trinidad 5,144 1,986 25,050

Florida Florida 10,417 4,022 67,048

Lavalleja Minas 10,016 3,867 58,815

Maldonado Maldonado 4,793 1,851 164,300

Montevideo Montevideo 530 200 1,319,108

Paysandú Paysandú 13,922 5,375 113,124

Río Negro Fray Bentos 9,282 3,584 54,765

Rivera Rivera 9,370 3,620 103,493

Rocha Rocha 10,551 4,074 68,088

Salto Salto 14,163 5,468 124,878

San José San José de Mayo 4,992 1,927 108,309

Soriano Mercedes 9,008 3,478 82,595

Tacuarembó Tacuarembó 15,438 5,961 90,053

Treinta y Tres Treinta y Tres 9,529 3,679 48,134

Total[note 1] — 175,016 67,574 3,286,314

Note:

^ "Doesn't include the 1,199 km2 (463 sq mi) artificial lakes on the Rio Negro" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 

Foreign relations[edit] Main article: Foreign relations of Uruguay

Tabaré Vázquez
Tabaré Vázquez
(President 2005–2010, 2015–present) with then-President of Brazil
Brazil
Lula da Silva
Lula da Silva
in 2007

José Mujica
José Mujica
(President 2010–2015) with then-President of Brazil Lula da Silva
Lula da Silva
in 2010

In November 2010, Uruguay
Uruguay
ratified the UNASUR
UNASUR
Constitutive Treaty, becoming the ninth nation out of twelve to do so. The treaty was written in 2008 and was to come into force 30 days after the date of receipt of the ninth instrument of ratification.[54] Argentina
Argentina
and Brazil
Brazil
are Uruguay's most important trading partners: Argentina
Argentina
accounted for 20% of total imports in 2009.[1] Since bilateral relations with Argentina
Argentina
are considered a priority, Uruguay denies clearance to British naval vessels bound for the Falkland Islands, and prevents them from calling in at Uruguayan territories and ports for supplies and fuel.[55] A rivalry between the port of Montevideo
Montevideo
and the port of Buenos Aires, dating back to the times of the Spanish Empire, has been described as a "port war". Officials of both countries emphasized the need to end this rivalry in the name of regional integration in 2010.[56] Construction of a controversial pulp paper mill in 2007, on the Uruguayan side of the Uruguay
Uruguay
River, caused protests in Argentina
Argentina
over fears that it would pollute the environment and lead to diplomatic tensions between the two countries.[57] The ensuing dispute remained a subject of controversy into 2010, particularly after ongoing reports of increased water contamination in the area were later proven to be from sewage discharge from the town of Gualeguaychú in Argentina.[58][59] In November 2010, Uruguay
Uruguay
and Argentina
Argentina
announced they had reached a final agreement for joint environmental monitoring of the pulp mill.[60] Brazil
Brazil
and Uruguay
Uruguay
have signed cooperation agreements on defence, science, technology, energy, river transportation and fishing, with the hope of accelerating political and economic integration between these two neighbouring countries.[61] Uruguay
Uruguay
has two uncontested boundary disputes with Brazil, over Isla Brasilera
Isla Brasilera
and the 235 km2 (91 sq mi) Invernada River region near Masoller. The two countries disagree on which tributary represents the legitimate source of the Quaraí/Cuareim River, which would define the border in the latter disputed section, according to the 1851 border treaty between the two countries.[1] However, these border disputes have not prevented both countries from having friendly diplomatic relations and strong economic ties. So far, the disputed areas remain de facto under Brazilian control, with little to no actual effort by Uruguay
Uruguay
to assert its claims. Uruguay
Uruguay
has enjoyed friendly relations with the United States
United States
since its transition back to democracy.[39] Commercial ties between the two countries have expanded substantially in recent years, with the signing of a bilateral investment treaty in 2004 and a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in January 2007.[39] The United States and Uruguay
Uruguay
have also cooperated on military matters, with both countries playing significant roles in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.[39] President Mujica backed Venezuela's bid to join Mercosur, and supported Venezuelan Economy Minister Ali Rodriguez
Ali Rodriguez
to become general secretary of UNASUR, a position previously held by Néstor Kirchner. Venezuela
Venezuela
has a deal to sell Uruguay
Uruguay
up to 40,000 barrels of oil a day under preferential terms.[62] On 15 March 2011, Uruguay
Uruguay
became the seventh South American nation to officially recognize a Palestinian state,[63] although there was no specification for the Palestinian state's borders as part of the recognition. In statements, the Uruguayan government indicated its firm commitment to the Middle East peace process, but refused to specify borders "to avoid interfering in an issue that would require a bilateral agreement".[63] Military[edit] Main article: Military of Uruguay The Uruguayan armed forces are constitutionally subordinate to the president, through the minister of defense.[21] Armed forces personnel number about 14,000 for the Army, 6,000 for the Navy, and 3,000 for the Air Force.[21] Enlistment is voluntary in peacetime, but the government has the authority to conscript in emergencies.[1] Since May 2009, homosexuals have been allowed to serve openly in the military after the defence minister signed a decree stating that military recruitment policy would no longer discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.[64] In the fiscal year 2010, the United States provided Uruguay
Uruguay
with $1.7 million in military assistance, including $1 million in Foreign Military Financing and $480,000 in International Military Education and Training.[39] Uruguay
Uruguay
ranks first in the world on a per capita basis for its contributions to the United Nations
United Nations
peacekeeping forces, with 2,513 soldiers and officers in 10 UN peacekeeping missions.[21] As of February 2010, Uruguay
Uruguay
had 1,136 military personnel deployed to Haiti in support of MINUSTAH
MINUSTAH
and 1,360 deployed in support of MONUC
MONUC
in the Congo.[21] In December 2010, Uruguayan Major General Gloodtdofsky, was appointed Chief Military Observer and head of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan.[65]

Uruguayan Armed Forces

Uruguayan Army T-54 light tank

Uruguayan Navy ROU 01

Uruguayan Air Force Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

Economy[edit]

Graphical depiction of the country's exports in 28 colour-coded categories

World Trade Center Montevideo

Plaza Independencia, Montevideo

Main article: Economy of Uruguay Uruguay
Uruguay
experienced a major economic and financial crisis between 1999 and 2002, principally a spillover effect from the economic problems of Argentina.[39] The economy contracted by 11%, and unemployment climbed to 21%.[39] Despite the severity of the trade shocks, Uruguay's financial indicators remained more stable than those of its neighbours, a reflection of its solid reputation among investors and its investment-grade sovereign bond rating, one of only two in South America.[66][needs update] In 2004, the Batlle government signed a three-year $1.1 billion stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
(IMF), committing the country to a substantial primary fiscal surplus, low inflation, considerable reductions in external debt, and several structural reforms designed to improve competitiveness and attract foreign investment.[39] Uruguay
Uruguay
terminated the agreement in 2006 following the early repayment of its debt but maintained a number of the policy commitments.[39] Vázquez, who assumed the government in March 2005, created the "Ministry of Social Development" and sought to reduce the country's poverty rate with a $240 million National Plan to Address the Social Emergency (PANES), which provided a monthly conditional cash transfer of approximately $75 to over 100,000 households in extreme poverty. In exchange, those receiving the benefits were required to participate in community work, ensure that their children attended school daily, and had regular health check-ups.[39] In 2005, Uruguay
Uruguay
was the first exporter of software in South America.[67] The Frente Amplio government, while continuing payments on Uruguay's external debt,[68] also undertook an emergency plan to attack the widespread problems of poverty and unemployment.[69] The economy grew at an annual rate of 6.7% during the 2004–2008 period.[70] Uruguay's exports markets have been diversified in order to reduce dependency on Argentina
Argentina
and Brazil.[70] Poverty was reduced from 33% in 2002 to 21.7% in July 2008, while extreme poverty dropped from 3.3% to 1.7%.[70] Between the years 2007 and 2009, Uruguay
Uruguay
was the only country in the Americas
Americas
that did not technically experience a recession (two consecutive downward quarters).[71] Unemployment reached a record low of 5.4% in December 2010 before rising to 6.1% in January 2011.[72] While unemployment is still at a low level, the IMF observed a rise in inflationary pressures,[73] and Uruguay's GDP expanded by 10.4% for the first half of 2010.[74] According to IMF estimates, Uruguay
Uruguay
was likely to achieve growth in real GDP of between 8% and 8.5% in 2010, followed by 5% growth in 2011 and 4% in subsequent years.[73] Gross public sector debt contracted in the second quarter of 2010, after five consecutive periods of sustained increase, reaching $21.885 billion US dollars, equivalent to 59.5% of the GDP.[75] The growing, use, and sale of cannabis was legalized on 11 December 2013,[76] making Uruguay
Uruguay
the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana. The law was voted at the Uruguayan senate on the same date with 16 votes to approve it and 13 against. Agriculture[edit] Main article: Agriculture in Uruguay In 2010, Uruguay's export-oriented agricultural sector contributed to 9.3% of the GDP and employed 13% of the workforce.[1] Official statistics from Uruguay's Agriculture and Livestock Ministry indicate that meat and sheep farming in Uruguay
Uruguay
occupies 59.6% of the land. The percentage further increases to 82.4% when cattle breeding is linked to other farm activities such as dairy, forage, and rotation with crops such as rice.[77] According to FAOSTAT, Uruguay
Uruguay
is one of the world's largest producers of soybeans (9th), greasy wool (12th), horse meat (14th), beeswax (14th), and quinces (17th). Most farms (25,500 out of 39,120) are family-managed; beef and wool represent the main activities and main source of income for 65% of them, followed by vegetable farming at 12%, dairy farming at 11%, hogs at 2%, and poultry also at 2%.[77] Beef
Beef
is the main export commodity of the country, totaling over $1 billion US dollars in 2006.[77] In 2007, Uruguay
Uruguay
had cattle herds totalling 12 million head, making it the country with the highest number of cattle per capita at 3.8.[77] However, 54% is in the hands of 11% of farmers, who have a minimum of 500 head. At the other extreme, 38% of farmers exploit small lots, and have herds averaging below one hundred head.[77] Tourism[edit] Main article: Tourism in Uruguay

The city of Punta del Este
Punta del Este
is an important tourist destination.

The tourism industry in Uruguay
Uruguay
is an important part of its economy. In 2012 the sector was estimated to account for 97,000 jobs and (directly and indirectly) 9% of GDP.[78] In 2013 2.8 million tourists entered Uruguay, of whom 59% came from Argentina
Argentina
and 14% from Brazil, with Chileans, Paraguayans, North Americans and Europeans accounting for most of the remainder.[78] Cultural experiences in Uruguay
Uruguay
include exploring the country's colonial heritage, as found in Colonia del Sacramento. Montevideo, the country's capital, houses the most diverse selection of cultural activities. Historical monuments such as Torres Garcia Museum
Torres Garcia Museum
as well as Estadio Centenario, which housed the first world cup in history, are examples. However simply walking the streets allows tourists to experience the city's colorful culture. One of the main natural attractions in Uruguay
Uruguay
is Punta del Este. Punta del Este
Punta del Este
is situated on a small peninsula off the southeast coast of Uruguay. Its beaches are divided into Mansa, or tame (river) side and Brava, or rugged (ocean) side. The Mansa is more suited for sunbathing, snorkeling, & other low-key recreational opportunities, while the Brava is more suited for adventurous sports, such as surfing. Punta del Este
Punta del Este
adjoins the city of Maldonado, while to its northeast along the coast are found the smaller resorts of La Barra and José Ignacio.[79] Punta del Este
Punta del Este
has 122 hotels, 80 restaurants, an international airport and a yacht harbor that can accommodate 500 boats. Transportation[edit]

The Port of Montevideo

Carrasco International Airport

Tower seat of the ANTEL
ANTEL
company in Montevideo

Main article: Transport in Uruguay The Port of Montevideo, handling over 1.1 million containers annually, is the most advanced container terminal in South America.[80] Its quay can handle 14-metre draught (46 ft) vessels. Nine straddle cranes allow for 80 to 100 movements per hour.[80] The port of Nueva Palmira is a major regional merchandise transfer point and houses both private and government-run terminals.[81] Carrasco Airport
Carrasco Airport
was initially inaugurated in 1947 and in 2009, Puerta del Sur, the airport owner and operator, with an investment of $165 million, commissioned Rafael Viñoly
Rafael Viñoly
Architects to expand and modernize the existing facilities with a spacious new passenger terminal to increase capacity and spur commercial growth and tourism in the region.[82][83] The London-based magazine Frontier chose the Carrasco International Airport, serving Montevideo, as one of the best four airports in the world in its 27th edition. The airport can handle up to 4.5 million users per year.[82] PLUNA
PLUNA
was the flag carrier of Uruguay, and was headquartered in Carrasco.[84][85] The Laguna del Sauce Airport, located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Punta del Este, was remodeled in 1997, and runways have been renovated through a private investment concession.[81] The Administración de Ferrocarriles del Estado
Administración de Ferrocarriles del Estado
is the autonomous agency in charge of rail transport and the maintenance of the railroad network. Uruguay
Uruguay
has about 1,200 km (750 mi) of operational railroad track.[1] Until 1947, about 90% of the railroad system was British-owned.[86] In 1949, the government nationalized the railways, along with the electric trams and the Montevideo
Montevideo
Waterworks Company.[86] However, in 1985 the "National Transport Plan" suggested passenger trains were too costly to repair and maintain.[86] Cargo trains would continue for loads more than 120 tons, but bus transportation became the "economic" alternative for travellers.[86] Passenger service was then discontinued in 1988.[86] However, rail passenger commuter service into Montevideo
Montevideo
was restarted in 1993, and now comprises three suburban lines. Surfaced roads connect Montevideo
Montevideo
to the other urban centers in the country, the main highways leading to the border and neighboring cities. Numerous unpaved roads connect farms and small towns. Overland trade has increased markedly since Mercosur
Mercosur
(Southern Common Market) was formed in the 1990s. Most of the country's domestic freight and passenger service is by road rather than rail. Telecommunications[edit] Main article: Communications in Uruguay The Telecommunications industry, in Uruguay, is more developed than in most other Latin American countries, being the first country in the Americas
Americas
to achieve complete digital telephony coverage in 1997. The telephone system is completely digitized and has very good coverage over all the country. The system is government owned, and there have been controversial proposals to partially privatize since the 1990s.[citation needed] The mobile phone market is shared by the state owned ANTEL
ANTEL
and two private companies, Movistar
Movistar
and Claro. Green energy supply[edit] Nearly 95%[87] of Uruguay's electricity comes from renewable energy. The dramatic shift, taking less than ten years and without government funding, lowered electricity costs and slashed the country's carbon footprint.[88][89] Most of the electricity comes from hydroelectric facilities and wind parks. Uruguay
Uruguay
no longer imports electricity.[12] Demographics[edit]

Racial and Ethnic Composition in Uruguay
Uruguay
(2011 census)[90]

Race/Color

White

87.7%

Black

4.6%

Indigenous

2.4%

Other/none

5.1%

Asian

0.2%

Further information: Uruguayan people, Demographics of Uruguay, Spanish Uruguayan, and Italian Uruguayan Uruguayans are of predominantly European origin, with over 87.7% of the population claiming European descent in the 2011 census.[90] Most Uruguayans of European ancestry are descendants of 19th and 20th century immigrants from Spain and Italy (about one-quarter of the population is of Italian origin),[21] and to a lesser degree France, Germany and Britain.[19] Earlier settlers had migrated from Argentina.[19] People of African descent make up an even smaller proportion of the total.[19] From 1963 to 1985, an estimated 320,000 Uruguayans emigrated.[91] The most popular destinations for Uruguayan emigrants are Argentina, followed by the United States, Australia, Canada, Spain, Italy and France.[91] In 2009, for the first time in 44 years, the country saw an overall positive influx when comparing immigration to emigration. 3,825 residence permits were awarded in 2009, compared with 1,216 in 2005.[92] 50% of new legal residents come from Argentina
Argentina
and Brazil. A migration law passed in 2008 gives immigrants the same rights and opportunities that nationals have, with the requisite of proving a monthly income of $650.[92] Uruguay's rate of population growth is much lower than in other Latin American countries.[19] Its median age is higher than the global average[21] due to its low birth rate, high life expectancy, and relatively high rate of emigration among younger people. A quarter of the population is less than 15 years old and about a sixth are aged 60 and older.[19] Metropolitan Montevideo
Montevideo
is the only large city, with around 1.9 million inhabitants, or more than half the country's total population. The rest of the urban population lives in about 30 towns.[21] A 2017 IADB report on labor conditions for Latin American nations, ranked Uruguay
Uruguay
as the region's leader overall and in all but one subindexes, including gender, age, income, formality and labor participation.[93] Largest cities[edit]

 

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Largest cities or towns in Uruguay http://www.citypopulation.de/Uruguay.html

Rank Name Department Pop. Rank Name Department Pop.

Montevideo

Salto 1 Montevideo Montevideo 1,304,687 11 Artigas Artigas 40,657

Ciudad de la Costa

Paysandú

2 Salto Salto 104,011 12 Minas Lavalleja 38,446

3 Ciudad de la Costa Canelones 95,176 13 San José de Mayo San José 36,743

4 Paysandú Paysandú 76,412 14 Durazno Durazno 34,368

5 Las Piedras Canelones 71,258 15 Florida Florida 33,639

6 Rivera Rivera 64,465 16 Barros Blancos Canelones 31,650

7 Maldonado Maldonado 62,590 17 Ciudad del Plata San José 31,145

8 Tacuarembó Tacuarembó 54,755 18 San Carlos Maldonado 27,471

9 Melo Cerro Largo 51,830 19 Colonia del Sacramento Colonia 26,231

10 Mercedes Soriano 41,974 20 Pando Canelones 25,947

Health[edit] Health statistics:[94]

Fertility rate – 140th most fertile, at 1.89 per woman Birth rate – 157th most births, at 13.91 per 1000 people Infant mortality – 128th most deaths, at 1 per 1000 live births Death rate – 84th death rate at 9.16 per 1000 people Life expectancy – 47th at 76.4 years Suicide rate – 24th suicide rate per 100,000 (15.1 for males and 6.4 for females) HIV/AIDS rate – 108th at 0.30%

Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Uruguay

Religion in Uruguay
Religion in Uruguay
(2010)[95][96]

Religion

Percent

Christianity

57.9%

Folk religion

0.8%

Judaism

0.3%

Other religions

0.3%

Unaffiliated

40.7%

The Church of Saint Charles Borromeo in San Carlos is one of the oldest churches in Uruguay.

Uruguay
Uruguay
has no official religion; church and state are officially separated,[21] and religious freedom is guaranteed. A 2008 survey by the INE of Uruguay
Uruguay
showed Catholicism as the main religion, with 45.7% of the population; 9.0% are non-Catholic Christians, 0.6% are Animists or Umbandists (an Afro-Brazilian
Afro-Brazilian
religion), and 0.4% Jewish. 30.1% reported believing in a god, but not belonging to any religion, while 14% were atheist or agnostic.[97] Among the sizeable Armenian community in Montevideo, the dominant religion is Christianity, specifically Armenian Apostolic.[98] Political observers consider Uruguay
Uruguay
the most secular country in the Americas.[99] Uruguay's secularization began with the relatively minor role of the church in the colonial era, compared with other parts of the Spanish Empire. The small numbers of Uruguay's indigenous peoples and their fierce resistance to proselytism reduced the influence of the ecclesiastical authorities.[100] After independence, anti-clerical ideas spread to Uruguay, particularly from France, further eroding the influence of the church.[101] In 1837 civil marriage was recognized, and in 1861 the state took over the running of public cemeteries. In 1907 divorce was legalized and, in 1909 all religious instruction was banned from state schools.[100] Under the influence of the innovative Colorado reformer José Batlle y Ordóñez
José Batlle y Ordóñez
(1903–1911), complete separation of church and state was introduced with the new constitution of 1917.[100] Uruguay's capital has 12 synagogues, and a community of 20,000 Jews by 2011. With a peak of 50,000 during the mid-1960s, Uruguay
Uruguay
has the world’s highest rate of aliyah as a percentage of the Jewish population.[102] Language[edit] Main article: Rioplatense Spanish Uruguayan Spanish
Uruguayan Spanish
has some modifications due to the considerable number of Italian immigrants. Immigrants used to speak a mixture of Spanish and Italian known as 'cocoliche' and some of the words are still commonly used by the population. As is the case with neighboring Argentina, Uruguay
Uruguay
employs both voseo and yeísmo (with [ʃ] or [ʒ]). English is common in the business world and its study has risen significantly in recent years, especially among the young. Uruguayan Portuguese is spoken as native language by 15% of the Uruguayan population in northern regions near the Brazilian border [103] making the second most spoken language of the country. Other languages include a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese called Portuñol, spoken in the Brazilian border.[104][105] As few native people exist in the population, no indigenous languages are thought to remain in Uruguay.[106] Also spoken dialect was the Patois, which was a mixture of French and Italian. The dialect was spoken mainly in the Colonia Department, where the first pilgrims settled, in the city called La Paz (Colonia). Today it is considered a dead tongue, although some elders at the mentioned location still practice it. There are still written tracts of the language in the Waldensians
Waldensians
Library (Biblioteca Valdense) in the town of Colonia Valdense, Colonia Department. Patois speakers arrived to Uruguay
Uruguay
from the Piedmont. Originally were Vaudois which become Waldensians
Waldensians
giving their name to the city Colonia Valdense which translated from the Spanish means Waldensians Colony.[107] Education[edit] Main article: Education in Uruguay

Faculty of medicine of the University of the Republic, founded in 1849

Education in Uruguay
Education in Uruguay
is secular, free,[108] and compulsory for 14 years, starting at the age of 4.[109] The system is divided into six levels of education: early childhood (3–5 years); primary (6–11 years); basic secondary (12–14 years); upper secondary (15–17 years); higher education (18 and up); and post-graduate education.[109] Public education is the primary responsibility of three institutions: the Ministry of Education and Culture, which coordinates education policies, the National Public Education Administration, which formulates and implements policies on early to secondary education, and the University of the Republic, responsible for higher education.[109] In 2009, the government planned to invest 4.5% of GDP in education.[108] Uruguay
Uruguay
ranks high on standardised tests such as PISA at a regional level, but compares unfavourably to the OECD average, and is also below some countries with similar levels of income.[108] In the 2006 PISA test, Uruguay
Uruguay
had one of the greatest standard deviations among schools, suggesting significant variability by socio-economic level.[108] Uruguay
Uruguay
is part of the One Laptop per Child
One Laptop per Child
project, and in 2009 became the first country in the world to provide a laptop for every primary school student,[110] as part of the Plan Ceibal.[111] Over the 2007–2009 period, 362,000 pupils and 18,000 teachers were involved in the scheme; around 70% of the laptops were given to children who did not have computers at home.[111] The OLPC programme represents less than 5% of the country's education budget.[111] Culture[edit] Main article: Culture of Uruguay Uruguayan culture is strongly European and its influences from southern Europe are particularly important.[19] The tradition of the gaucho has been an important element in the art and folklore of both Uruguay
Uruguay
and Argentina.[19] Visual arts[edit]

A "livable sculpture", Carlos Páez Vilaró's Casapueblo
Casapueblo
was his home, hotel and museum.

A prominent exponent of Uruguayan art was abstract painter and sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró. He drew from both Timbuktu
Timbuktu
and Mykonos to create his best-known work: his home, hotel and atelier Casapueblo near Punta del Este. Casapueblo
Casapueblo
is a "livable sculpture" and draws thousands of visitors from around the world. The 19th-century painter Juan Manuel Blanes, whose works depict historical events, was the first Uruguayan artist to gain widespread recognition.[19] The Post-Impressionist
Post-Impressionist
painter Pedro Figari
Pedro Figari
achieved international renown for his pastel studies of subjects in Montevideo
Montevideo
and the countryside. Blending elements of art and nature the work of the landscape architect Leandro Silva Delgado (es) has also earned international prominence.[19] Uruguay
Uruguay
has a small but growing film industry, and movies such as Whisky by Juan Pablo Rebella
Juan Pablo Rebella
and Pablo Stoll (2004), Marcelo Bertalmío's Los días con Ana (2000; "Days with Ana") and Ana Díez's Paisito (2008), about the 1973 military coup, have earned international honours.[19] Music[edit]

La cumparsita

It is among the most famous and recognizable tangos of all time.

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Main article: Music of Uruguay

Music during Uruguayan carnival

The folk and popular music of Uruguay
Uruguay
shares not only its gaucho roots with Argentina, but also those of the tango.[19] One of the most famous tangos, "La cumparsita" (1917), was written by the Uruguayan composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez.[19] The candombe is a folk dance performed at Carnival, especially Uruguayan Carnival, mainly by Uruguayans of African ancestry.[19] The guitar is the preferred musical instrument, and in a popular traditional contest called the payada two singers, each with a guitar, take turns improvising verses to the same tune.[19] Folk music is called canto popular and includes some guitar players and singers such as Alfredo Zitarrosa, José Carbajal "El Sabalero", Daniel Viglietti, Los Olimareños, and Numa Moraes. Numerous radio stations and musical events reflect the popularity of rock music and the Caribbean genres, known as música tropical ("tropical music").[19] Early classical music in Uruguay
Uruguay
showed heavy Spanish and Italian influence, but since the 20th century a number of composers of classical music, including Eduardo Fabini, Vicente Ascone (es), and Héctor Tosar, have made use of Latin American musical idioms.[19] Tango
Tango
has also affected Uruguayan culture, especially during the 20th century, particularly the '30s and '40s with Uruguayan singers such as Julio Sosa
Julio Sosa
from Las Piedras.[112] When the famous tango singer Carlos Gardel was 29 years old he changed his nationality to be Uruguayan, saying he was born in Tacuarembó, but this subterfuge was probably done to keep French authorities from arresting him for failing to register in the French Army for World War I. Gardel was born in France and was raised in Buenos Aires. He never lived in Uruguay.[113] Nevertheless, a Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel
museum was established in 1999 in Valle Edén, near Tacuarembó.[114] Rock and roll
Rock and roll
first broke into Uruguayan audiences with the arrival of the Beatles and other British bands in the early 1960s. A wave of bands appeared in Montevideo, including Los Shakers, Los Mockers, Los Iracundos, Los Moonlights, and Los Malditos, who became major figures in the so-called Uruguayan Invasion
Uruguayan Invasion
of Argentina.[115] Popular bands of the Uruguayan Invasion
Uruguayan Invasion
sang in English. Popular Uruguayan rock bands include La Vela Puerca, No Te Va Gustar, El Cuarteto de Nos, Once Tiros, La Trampa, Chalamadre, Snake, Buitres, and Cursi. In 2004, the Uruguayan musician and actor Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
won an Academy Award for composing the song "Al otro lado del río" from the movie The Motorcycle Diaries, which narrated the life of Che Guevara. Literature[edit]

José Enrique Rodó

Main article: Uruguayan literature José Enrique Rodó
José Enrique Rodó
(1871–1917), a modernist, is considered Uruguay's most significant literary figure.[19] His book Ariel (1900) deals with the need to maintain spiritual values while pursuing material and technical progress.[19] Besides stressing the importance of upholding spiritual over materialistic values, it also stresses resisting cultural dominance by Europe and the United States.[19] The book continues to influence young writers.[19] Notable amongst Latin American playwrights is Florencio Sánchez
Florencio Sánchez
(1875–1910), who wrote plays about contemporary social problems that are still performed today.[19] From about the same period came the romantic poetry of Juan Zorrilla de San Martín (1855–1931), who wrote epic poems about Uruguayan history. Also notable are Juana de Ibarbourou
Juana de Ibarbourou
(1895–1979), Delmira Agustini (1866–1914), Idea Vilariño
Idea Vilariño
(1920–2009), and the short stories of Horacio Quiroga
Horacio Quiroga
and Juan José Morosoli (1899–1959).[19] The psychological stories of Juan Carlos Onetti (such as "No Man's Land" and "The Shipyard") have earned widespread critical praise, as have the writings of Mario Benedetti.[19] Uruguay's best-known contemporary writer is Eduardo Galeano, author of Las venas abiertas de América Latina (1971; "Open Veins of Latin America") and the trilogy Memoria del fuego (1982–87; "Memory of Fire").[19] Other modern Uruguayan writers include Mario Levrero, Sylvia Lago, Jorge Majfud, and Jesús Moraes.[19] Uruguayans of many classes and backgrounds enjoy reading historietas, comic books that often blend humour and fantasy with thinly veiled social criticism.[19] Media[edit] The Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders
worldwide press freedom index has ranked Uruguay
Uruguay
as 37th of 178 reported countries in 2010.[116] Freedom of speech and media are guaranteed by the constitution, with qualifications for inciting violence or "insulting the nation".[69] Uruguayans have access to more than 100 private daily and weekly newspapers, more than 100 radio stations, and some 20 terrestrial television channels, and cable TV is widely available.[69] Uruguay's long tradition of freedom of the press was severely curtailed during the years of military dictatorship. On his first day in office in March 1985, Sanguinetti re-established complete freedom of the press.[117] Consequently, Montevideo's newspapers, which account for all of Uruguay's principal daily newspapers, greatly expanded their circulations.[117] State-run radio and TV are operated by the official broadcasting service SODRE.[69] Some newspapers are owned by, or linked to, the main political parties.[69] El Día was the nation's most prestigious paper until its demise in the early 1990s, founded in 1886 by the Colorado party leader and (later) president José Batlle y Ordóñez. El País, the paper of the rival Blanco Party, has the largest circulation.[19] Búsqueda
Búsqueda
is Uruguay's most important weekly news magazine and serves as an important forum for political and economic analysis.[117] Although it sells only about 16,000 copies a week, its estimated readership exceeds 50,000.[117] MercoPress
MercoPress
is an independent news agency focusing on news related to Mercosur
Mercosur
and is based in Montevideo.[118] Sport[edit]

Centenario Stadium

Main article: Sport in Uruguay Football is the most popular sport in Uruguay. The first international match outside the British Isles
British Isles
was played between Uruguay
Uruguay
and Argentina
Argentina
in Montevideo
Montevideo
in July 1902.[119] Uruguay
Uruguay
won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games[120] and again in 1928 in Amsterdam.[121] The Uruguay national football team
Uruguay national football team
has won the FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
on two occasions. Uruguay
Uruguay
won the inaugural tournament on home soil in 1930 and again in 1950, famously defeating home favourites Brazil
Brazil
in the final match.[122] Uruguay
Uruguay
has won the Copa América
Copa América
(an international tournament for South American nations and guests) more than any other country, their victory in 2011 making a total of 15 Copa Américas won. Uruguay
Uruguay
has by far the smallest population of any country that has won a World Cup.[122] Despite their early success, they have only qualified for three of the last six World Cups.[122] Uruguay
Uruguay
performed very creditably in the 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, having reached the semi-final for the first time in 40 years. Diego Forlán
Diego Forlán
was presented with the Golden Ball award as the best player of the 2010 tournament.[123] In the rankings for June 2012, Uruguay
Uruguay
were ranked the second best team in the world, according to the FIFA
FIFA
world rankings, their highest ever point in football history, falling short of the first spot to the Spain national football team.[124] Uruguay
Uruguay
exported 1,414 football players during the 2000s, almost as many players as Brazil
Brazil
and Argentina.[125] In 2010, the Uruguayan government enacted measures intended to retain players in the country.[125] Football was taken to Uruguay
Uruguay
by English sailors and labourers in the late 19th century. Less successfully, they introduced rugby and cricket. There are two Montevideo-based football clubs, Nacional and Peñarol, who are successful in domestic and South American tournaments and have won three Intercontinental Cups each. Besides football, the most popular sport in Uruguay
Uruguay
is basketball.[126] Its national team qualified for the Basketball World Cup 7 times, more often than other countries in South America, except Brazil
Brazil
and Argentina. Uruguay
Uruguay
hosted the official Basketball World Cup for the 1967 FIBA World Championship and the official Americas Basketball Championship in 1988, 1997 and is a host of the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup. See also[edit]

Uruguay
Uruguay
portal Latin America
Latin America
portal

Book: Uruguay

Outline of Uruguay Index of Uruguay-related articles Uruguayan cuisine

Notes[edit]

^ Although Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Uruguay, there is no explicit mention of official status in the Constitution of Uruguay.

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Further reading[edit]

Andrew, G. R. (2010). Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay, The University of North Carolina Press Behnke, A. (2009). Uruguay
Uruguay
in Pictures, Twenty First Century Books Box, B. (2011). Footprint Focus: Uruguay, Footprint Travel Guides Burford, T. (2010). Bradt Travel Guide: Uruguay, Bradt Travel Guides Canel, E. (2010). Barrio Democracy
Democracy
in Latin America: Participatory Decentralization and Community Activism in Montevideo, The Pennsylvania State University Press Clark, G. (2008). Custom Guide: Uruguay, Lonely Planet Jawad, H. (2009). Four Weeks in Montevideo: The Story of World Cup 1930, Seventeen Media Lessa, F. and Druliolle, V. (eds.) (2011). The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, Palgrave Macmillan Mool, M (2009). Budget Guide: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
and Montevideo, Cybertours-X Verlag

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