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La "República Oriental del Uruguay" (the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, here in after referred to as Republic of Uruguay or Uruguay) owes its name to its location to the East of the Uruguay River. It is one of the smallest countries in South America located on the Atlantic coast between Brazil in the northeast and Argentina in the west (between longitudes 53 and 58, and in the subtropical zone between latitudes 30 and 35 South). It has an area of approximately 68,000 square miles (176,000 square kilometers or 18 million hectares) and 86.6% of it may be used for agricultural, cattle-raising and forestry activities. The territory of Uruguay features gently sloping hills and elevations of modest altitude, separated by rivers which flow down to the sea or into other and larger rivers. There are no high mountains, no impenetrable forests or desert regions. Earthquakes are unknown. The coastal plain boasts many beaches along the Atlantic coast and on the shores of the Rio de la Plata.

The climate is mild throughout the year. Average temperatures are 17 degrees C in spring, 25 degrees C in summer, 18 degrees C in autumn, and 12 degrees C in winter. Maximum temperatures may exceptionally attain 40 degrees C in summer, and minimum temperatures -2 degrees C or -3 degrees C in winter. Rainfall occurs in all seasons but is generally heavier in the autumn months. Snowstorms and hurricanes are unknown.

The Uruguayan territory is divided into 19 Departments, with Montevideo as its capital. Other important cities include, Paysandú, Salto, Colonia, and Punta del Este. The latter is located 140 kilometers east of Montevideo, is one of the best-known seaside resorts in South America, very active with tourist from all over the word during the summer season. The population of Uruguay is currently estimated at 3.3 million, of which some 1.3 million live in Montevideo and surroundings. Approximately 89 percent of the population outside Montevideo also lives in cities. Most Uruguayans are of European descent, mainly Spanish and Italian.

Living in Uruguay:

Life in Uruguay is safe, peaceful and pleasant. The country offers better security than most locations in Latin America and Central America .

Uruguay ranks 6th in the world in the Environmental Sustainability Index, elaborated by the World Economic Forum together with the Universities of Yale and Columbia. 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.

A mild climate, the lack of environmental pollution, the extent of the sanitation, potable water and medical care networks afford a healthy environment for the population.

Being a small country, distances to leisure locations such as parks, forests, countryside and sea, river or lakeshores beaches, are quite short. The national sport is soccer, which captures the interest of the majority of the population at all social levels. There are numerous private clubs with excellent sport fields, particularly remarkable golf courses. Montevideo and other main cities offer important cultural activities comprising a range of theater, movies and musical shows.


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