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Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil.

The Economist named Uruguay "country of the year" in 2013 acknowledging the innovative policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.

  • Uruguay has largest boundary with Brazil which is approximately 1068 km.
  • Uruguay has shortest boundary with Argentina which is approximately 580 km.
  • The largest river in Uruguay is Uruguay River which is 1500 km.
  • The largest export partner of Uruguay is Brazil.
  • The largest import partner of Uruguay is China.
  • There are 14 seaports in Uruguay.

Tourist Attraction#

Colonia del Sacramento's well-preserved colonial center is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

National Facts#

  • The national bird of Uruguay is Southern lapwing.
  • Ceibo Erythrina is the national flower of Uruguay
  • The national sport of Uruguay is Destrezas Criollas.
  • The famous dances of Uruguay areTango, Pericón, Candombe etc.
  • The famous dishes of Uruguay are Asado, Chivito etc.
Lapwing, Foto: source: Wikicommons unter CC
Foto: source: Wikicommons unter CC


  1. Text marked as italic is taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguay unter CC