Uruguay, officially called the eastern republic of Uruguay, is a Southamerican country in the southeastern region. It is sharing borders with Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north and east, and having the an Atlantic costline to the south and southwest which is over 660 kilometers long making this Country a nice spot for a beach vacation. Our fun and interesting facts about Uruguay will make sure you are well known when travelling to this nice southamerican country. Uruguay fun facts are on the last 3rd Page.
Interesting Facts About Uruguay – History And General Facts
The Country´s name ‘Uruguay’ comes from the Uruguay River which is means ‘river of the painted birds’ in the Guarani language.
The official language of Uruguay is like in almost all south american countries spanish and there live almost 3.3 million people in Urugay, making this a very small country.
Montevido is the largest City and also the Capital of the eastern republic of Uruguay.
Independence day of Uruguay is the 25th of August 1825 from Brazil.
Uruguay is ranked 1st in whole of Latin America in democracy, peace, lack of corruption, quality of living,e-Government,and equally first in South America when it comes to press freedom, size of the middle class, prosperity and security. After Chile it is the least corrupt country in Latin America.
Major exports include rice, meat, leather products, dairy products, wool and fish.
Uruguay has one of the highest literacy rates in the world with 98,1% for adults. (source)
Suriname is the only country in south america that is smaller than Uruguay.
Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside the tropics.
The first European visiting Uruguay was Spanish explorer Juan Diaz de Solis in the year 1516.
Almost three quarters of Uruguay is grassland.
Interesting Facts About Uruguay For Travellers – Things To Do In Uruguay
A dense fluvial network covers the country, consisting of 4 rivers basins, or deltas: the Rio Negro, the Río de la Plata, the Laguna Merín and the Uruguay River. Uruguay´s major and longest internal river is the Río Negro (‘Black River’). Several lagoons can be found along the Atlantic coast.
Punta del Diablo in the southeast of Uruguay is a perfect place for a quiet escape from the busy city in this tranquil part of Uruguay. Empty beaches with beautiful coastlines to surf and fish, enjoy wooden cabins and trouble-free rural lifestyle. Here you can see people whose lives are as nature-oriented and as down to earth as the peaceful surrounding. No wonder it became one of the prime destinations in Uruguay.
Uruguay, located entirely within a temperate zone and has a climate that is relatively mild and fairly uniform nationwide. Extremes in temperature are seldom.
The highest point in Uruguay is Cerro Catedral, at 1684 feet (514 meters).
One of the Uruguay interesting facts is that the country is considered as the “hidden Gem” in Southamerica, because it is not as touristy as Brazil and Argentina.
Fun Facts About Uruguay – Culture And Funny Facts
Luís Suarez, the man who bites his soccer opponents on the pitch is from Uruguay and a player in the national soccer team of Uruguay. His nickname is “El Pistolero”, but sometimes he is also called El cannibal and other names because of his bite attacks.
Uruguay is the only country that keeps track of 100 per cent of its cattle.
In December 2013, Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalise the marijuana trade.
Same Sex-Marriage and abortion are legal, no wonder this nation is considered one of the most liberal on the planet
Urugay became the first Latin American nation to allow same sex civil unions in January 2008.
Uruguay won gold for football at both the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. These are the only Olympic gold medals this country has ever won so far.
The President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by a Dutch pro-drugs institute for legalising marijuana. This is a truly free country.
For every Uruguayan there are three Cows, Cows outnumber people by 3:1. That is really funny
Another Uruguay fun fact is that every single house has it’s own name.
The ‘Chivito’ is the nation’s favourite snack and also the national dish (it´s huge sandwich)
Uruguay’s National Anthem is world’s longest national anthem in terms of duration. It lasts about 5 minutes
I love Uruguay´s motto it´s “freedom or death” (Liberta o Murte), a very cool motto if you ask me. (source)
In 2013 it was named as “the country of the year” by the weekly newspaper website the economist.
With only 46% of the population being catholic it is one of the least religious country in Latin America and also has no official religion. Religious freedom is guaranteed in this country.
Book your ticket to this safe and nice Country, perfect for a family getaway 😉