Uruguay Capital – Montevideo
Facts About Uruguay • Population: 3,368,595 (2011) • Total Area: 68,037 sq. miles • Currency: Uruguayan peso 1 USD = 18.78 UYU
People in Uruguay • white 88% • mestizo 8% • black 4% • Amerindian (practically nonexistent) • Official Language – Spanish • English is spoken as the language of business Language in Uruguay
Religion in Uruguay • Although 46% of its population practices Catholicism, Uruguay is the most non-religious country in the Americas • Less than half church regularly • Attendance in church is higher among women and those who are enjoying higher economic status in the society. • Around 11% are Protestant, and they are more active in practicing their belief. • Other • A small percentage of the population claims to be Jews. • 2% of the population belongs to The Church of Jesus of the Latter-Day Saints. • Almost 17% of the populations are Atheist. • Islam – 1% • 33% believes in God but is not affiliated with any religious sect.
Government in Uruguay • Constitutional republic • 19 Departments • Voting - 18 years – compulsory • President – 5 year terms – may not serve consecutive terms
Living Conditions in Uruguay • Montevideo is a modern city, with high-rise apartments and office buildings. • Many of the poorer residents, however, live in small homes or shacks on the outskirts of the city. • In rural areas, Uruguayan cowboys, called gauchos, live in simple communal housing on farms where they work. • Other rural dwellers live in adobe homes.
Sports and Recreation In Uruguay • Uruguayans love soccer (futbol) both as spectators and participants. • They are equally passionate about horses. • Rodeos always well attended • Horse racing very popular • passion for polo • Many Uruguayan families flock to the beaches on weekends for rest and recreation. • The coastal forests provide numerous sites for camping and fishing. Montevideo has a varied night life. • Restaurants, cinemas, and musical shows are widely attended on weekends.
Fast Facts About Uruguay • Uruguay is rated as the least corrupt country in Latin America, along with Chile. • Uruguayans are known to eat lots of meat! They especially enjoy beef platters and steak sandwiches. • Uruguay has won two FIFA world cups – the smallest populated country ever to do so. • In 2009, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to provide every school child with a free laptop and wireless internet. • Uruguay is the first South American country to legalize same-sex civil unions at the National level. • Cities have spacious green areas and because of the continuity of the winds and the lack of pollutant industries, there is hardly any environmental pollution.