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Full country name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Area: 176,215 sq km
Population: 3,494,382
Capital City: Montevideo
Language: Spanish
Religion: 58,1% Christian (47% Roman Catholic, 11.1% Protestant), 23.2% "believing in God without religion", 17.2% Atheist or Agnostic, 0.6% African religions, 0.3% Jewish, 0.4% other
Government: Presidential republic
Time Zone: UYT (UTC-3), summer - (DST) UYST (UTC-2)
Dialing Code: +598
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Uruguayan peso (UYU)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary:

Budget: $7
Mid-range: $15
High: $20+
Budget: $15
Mid-range: $50
High: $90+

Geography: Uruguay is located in South America between Brazil and Argentina. It is the second smallest country in South America, comparable in size to the state of Washington. The terrain of Uruguay is diverse. It consists of rolling, grass-covered plains and occasional sweeping slopes, broken by broad, wooded valleys with meadows and rivers. The coastline of Uruguay contains a series of impressive beaches, tidal lakes, and dunes.

Climate: Uruguay has a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters. The country receives a periodic polar air in winter, and tropical air from Brazil in summer. The average summer (December – March) temperature ranges from 18 C to 28 C. Snow is not very common in winter time though winter, and the Atlantic coast rarely sees frosts. The average winter temperature ranges from 7 C to 15 C.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight summer clothes are advised for summer period. Be mindful of the sun; the UV rays are very strong in this region of South America. Put plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from sunburn. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as you will probably be walking a lot.

Health: There are no specific health risks or vaccinations required when traveling to Uruguay, however medical insurance should be obtained before the trip. Health treatment is expensive.

Food: Uruguayan cuisine is based on its European roots along with African mixtures. The country is very famous for its barbecue (asado) and the sweet paste (Dulce de Leche). Most of the Uruguayan restaurants are parrilladas (grill-rooms). Expect table service in restaurants, and either table or/and counter service in cafés or bars. Eating an asado, bizcochos, a flan with dulce de leche, or an arroz con leche is a very good excuse to sit down with your friends or family and enjoy the food and conversations.

Drink: Tap water in Uruguay is of a good quality. Mate (herbal concoction) is the traditional drink of the country. It is served with a metal straw (bombilla). A typical Uruguayan alcoholic drink is the clericó. It consists of a combination of different wines and fruit juices.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
6 Jan Epiphany
15 Feb – 16 Feb Carnival
1 Apr Maundy Thursday
2 Apr Good Friday
19 Apr Landing of the 33 Patriots
1 May Labour Day
17 May (moved from 18 May) Battle of Las Piedras
19 Jun Birth of General Artigas (Día del Nunca Más)
18 Jul Constitution Day
25 Aug National Independence Day
11 Oct Día de la Raza
2 Nov All Souls' Day
25 Dec Christmas Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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