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Uruguay Travel and Tourism

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Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay , is a country located in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to 3.46 million people, of whom 1.7 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. An estimated 94.6% of the population are of mostly European descent. Uruguay's only land border is with Brazil to the north. To the west lies the Uruguay River, to the southwest lies the estuary of Río de la Plata, with Argentina only a short commute across the banks of either of these bodies of water, while to the southeast lies the South Atlantic Ocean. Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, larger only than Suriname. Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay's oldest European settlement, was founded by the Portuguese in 1680. Montevideo was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold. Uruguay won its independence in 1825-1828 following a three-way struggle between Spain, Argentina and Brazil. It is a constitutional democracy, where the president fulfills the roles of both head of state and head of government. The economy is largely based on agriculture and the state sector. According to Transparency International, Uruguay is the least corrupt country in Latin America , with its political and labor conditions being among the freest on the continent. Uruguay is one of the most economically developed countries in Latin America, with a high per capita Gross Domestic Product and the 45th highest quality of life in the world. It was the first Latin American country, and the second in the American Continent, to legalize same and different sex civil unions at a national level in the year 2007.

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FIFA WORLD CUP: Uruguay, Argentina get 2010 ball rolling - Montevideo
FIFA WORLD CUP: Uruguay, Argentina get 2010 ball rolling Uruguay made a dominant start and Argentina also notched a win when South America's World Cup qualifying tournament kicked off on Saturday. Uruguay crushed Bolivia 5-0, a Juan Roman Riquelme brace gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Chile and Venezuela caused the first upset by winning 1-0 away in Ecuador. Peru and Paraguay played out a scoreless draw. Colombia were to host Brazil yesterday. Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan, Sebastian Abreu, Vicente Sanchez and Carlos Buenos all scored for two-time World Cup champions Uruguay as the race began for a place at South Africa 2010. Suarez gave the hosts the lead in the fourth minute at the Centenario with a right-footed shot. Forlan made it 2-0 in the 37th with a firmly hit sh...

See the Show Stopper the Annual Carnival of Uruguay - Montevideo
See the Show Stopper the Annual Carnival of Uruguay The country's show-stopper is the annual Carnaval, which takes place on the Monday and Tuesday immediately preceding Ash Wednesday. Montevideo's staid reputation takes a battering during this time as a brace of drummers and costumed revelers advance along its streets. La Semana Criolla (Holy Week/Easter) offers traditional activities like asados (barbecues), horse-breaking, cowboy stunt riding and folk music.

The Attractive Beaches of Uruguay - Montevideo
The Attractive Beaches of Uruguay Uruguay's main attraction is its beaches, so most visitors come in summer. Along the Rio Uruguay, summer temperatures can be smotheringly hot, but the hilly interior is cooler, especially at night. Between late April and November, strong winds sometimes combine with rain and cool temperatures.

Uruguay stresses enhanced ties with Iran - Montevideo
Uruguay stresses enhanced ties with Iran Uruguay's Foreign Minister Reinaldo Gargano in Montevideo on Thursday said that his country attaches great importance to expansion of ties with Iran. Gargano was speaking in a meeting with Iran's new Ambassador to Uruguay Morteza Tafrishi who had called on him to submit a copy of his credentials. He added that Iran and Uruguay should make use of their important and strategic geographical positions as an advantage to promote mutual ties. Iran and Uruguay enjoy identical views on international developments, he said, adding Montevideo is interested in bolstering political relations with Tehran. Tafrishi, for his part, said that Latin America and Uruguay in particular have an importance status in Iran's fo...