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Montevideo

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Country (long form) Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Capital Montevideo
Total Area 68,038.92 sq mi
176,220.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than the state of Washington)
Population 3,360,105 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 4,499,457
Languages Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)
Literacy 97.3% total, 96.9% male, 97.7% female (1995 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 66% (less than one-half of the adult population attends church regularly), Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, nonprofessing or other 31%
Life Expectancy 72.11 male, 78.96 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional republic
Currency 1 Uruguayan peso ($Ur) = 100 centesimos
GDP (per capita) $9,300 (2000 est.)
Industry food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beverages
Agriculture wheat, rice, barley, corn, sorghum; livestock; fish
Arable Land 7%
Natural Resources arable land, hydropower, minor minerals, fisheries
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Geography of Uruguay

Uruguay, or Oriental Republic of Uruguay, a country in South America. It is on the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by Brazil and Argentina.

History of Uruguay

Prior to European settlement, only a few Indians lived in what is now Uruguay. Juan Díaz de Solís, a Spanish explorer, discovered the Río de la Plata in 1516 and was the first European to land on the Banda Oriental (eastern bank), as Uruguay was initially called.