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    Information About Uruguay

    About Uruguay

    Eastern republic of Uruguay is the leading country in press freedom in South America and ranked the first state in Latin America in terms of democracy and peace. "National anthem of the Uruguay" is the used state's anthem, while "freedom or death" is the motivating phrase in Uruguay. Major governmental offices are in the capital city Montevideo which is also the largest city in the country. The state uses the unitary presidential and constitutional republic as the form of governance where the president and the vice president are the state leaders and the general assembly is the legislature with both the chambers of the senators and deputies (upper and lower houses). The state lies within the American/Montevideo time zone and Spanish is the official language whereas the Uruguayan peso is the commercial currency.

    History of Uruguay

    Uruguay was discovered by Portuguese in 1512 while the Spanish arrived in 1516. The permanent Spanish settlement in Soriano was discovered in 1624 while the colonial de Sacramento was constructed by the Portuguese between 1669 and 1671. Montevideo was a military stronghold in Uruguay founded by Spanish in the 18th century. The national hero Jose Gervasio defeated the Spanish authorities in a revolution launched against them in 1811. Cisplatine war which ran for 500 days led to the formation of the Treaty of Montevideo in 1828 leading to the independence of the Uruguay and in 1830 the state adopted its first constitution. By 1879, there were many immigrants from Italy and France who increased the state's economy by rearing and exporting livestock which made the Montevideo city became a major economic center. After Jose Batlle was elected as the president in 1903, an eight-month bloody fight emerged where the military became the winners and ended the co-participation politics in the state. A military drafted constitution was rejected in 1980 but democracy was regained in 1984 when fair general elections were held. Jose Mujica who had been in prison for more than 15 years became the president in 2009 and in 2012 abortion was made legal in the state which was also followed by the legalization of both cannabis and the same-sex marriage.

    Geography of Uruguay

    Uruguay is in the southern parts of South America between Brazil and Argentina and its southern border lies within the Atlantic Ocean. It covers a total area of 176, 215 square kilometers and 1, 200 square kilometers are under water, while the rest is a dry land. Uruguay has a coastline of 660 kilometers where the coastal lowlands are highly fertile. Most parts of the country have rolling plains terrain and fluvial networks present almost in every part of the country. Cerro catedral at 514 meters above the sea level is the most elevated region in Uruguay while Atlantic Ocean at zero meters below the sea level is the least elevated point.

    Climate of Uruguay

    The temperate climate in Uruguay is almost uniform in all parts of the country. The country experiences high humidity and fog due to the presence of abundant water and rapid changes in weather in the country are usually encountered since the storms and winds sweeps over the land due to the absence of mountains which can block the storms. There is no variation in the temperatures throughout the year but heavy precipitations are usually experienced during the months of autumn.

    Natural Resources in Uruguay

    Uruguay is known for its great arable land which they use for the rearing of livestock and the exportation of the agricultural products. Hydro-electric power generation and fishing are also well established industries in Uruguay. Other minor resources such as sand and small petroleum wells are also found in Uruguay.

    Tourist Attraction in Uruguay

    The culture and history together with other interesting landmarks are some of the things overlooked by the tourists within the country of Uruguay. The village of Punta del Diabo whose buildings are quirky and brightly colored, the salto city between Uruguay and Argentina where the culture of the two countries are reflected with the traditional music and dishes, Tacuarembó city with a museum at the center which shows the cultural heritage of the ancient people in the Uruguay and the Treinta Y Tres with a marble monument bearing the names of the 33 Uruguayan Orientals are the most visited places by the tourists within the Uruguay state. La Paloma offers a good beach side where you can swim and sunbathe, Punta del Este has miles of beaches and strings of luxury hotels and the Casa Pueblo where you can have sight of the great Mediterranean villa of Uruguay, and endless list of great places to visit in this place will give you all the adventure you aspired for.
    The major cities in the Uruguay state include:
    • Montevideo
    • Salto
    • Paysandú
    • Las Piedras
    • Rivera
    • Maldonado
    • Tacuarembó

    Famous Hotels in Uruguay

    The famous hotels of Uruguay are
    • Altos Del Arapay Club
    • Hotel L'Auberge
    • My suits
    • Awa Boutique and Design hotel
    • Rivera Casino and Resort
    • 2122 Hotel Art Design
    • Serena Hotel Punta del Este

    Uruguay Culture and Cuisine

    The large populations in the major cities prefer the moderns and European dressing style with cars and luxurious homes used as the symbol of wealth. The traditional football commonly known in America as soccer is the national sport although basketball is also common. The artists and musician sing their songs during the Uruguay holidays addressing the currently trending issues. There is no particular religion dominating in the state as several people have different religions from Christianity, Protestants, Muslim, Hindu and others. Meat especially beef is the most consumed in Uruguay. Mate, the national drink, and the traditional grappamiel mostly consumed in the morning is highly preferred in Uruguay.

    International Airports in Uruguay

    • Laguna del Sause international airport
    • L.Berisso international airport
    • Neuva Hesperides international airport
    • Artigas international airport
    • Patos international airport
    • Bernardino international airport
    Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015

    Flag of Uruguay

    Facts about Uruguay

    ContinentSouth America
    Independence DayAugust 25, 1825
    CurrencyPeso (UYU)
    Dialling Code598
    NeighboursArgentina, Brazil