Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  • Gained independence from Brazil on August 25, 1825
  • Location:  southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil
  • Area:  63,037 , slightly smaller than the state of Washington
  • Population:  3,316,328
  • Capital:  Montevideo – population approximately 1.75 million
  • Climate:  warm, temperate, freezing temperatures almost unknown
  • Terrain:  mostly rolling plains, and low hills; fertile coastal lowland
  • Nationality:  Uruguayan
  • Ethnic groups:  white 88%, mextizo 8%, black 4%
  • Language:  Spanish (official) Portunol, Brazilero
  • Religions:  Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians  11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, others
  • Liteacy:  98% over the age of 15 can read and write
  • Economy:  characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-educated work force and high levels of social spending.  It is one of the most economically developed countries in South America.  Agriculture produces 70% of Uruguayan exports.  One of the worlds largest producers of soybeans, beef, wool, beeswax and natural honey.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • The Uruguayan govenrment is a constitutional republic
  • Chief and State and Head of Government:  President Jose “Pepe” Mujica Cordano – elected by popular vote

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  76.41 years
  • Health expenditures:  7.4% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  3.736 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  2.96 beds/1,000 population
  • HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:  0.5%
  • Children under the age of 5 underweight:  6%
  • Leading cause of death:  diseases of the circulatory system 38%,  followed by malignant neoplasms 23.5% and external causes 5.7%
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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