Capital | Montevideo
Population | 3,510,386 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 176,220 SQ KM
Official Language | Spanish
Holidays | Independence Day, 25 August (1825) – from Brazil
Currency | Uruguayan pesos (UYU)
Time Zone | UTC -3
Best Time to Visit | December and January (summer)
Connecting with the Culture | Heading to the quiet interior towns of Tacuarembo, the country’s monument to the gaucho. Exploring Montevideo’s architectural diversity and multicultural character. Scaling the battlements of the beautiful city of Colonia. Sailing, fishing and basking at Punta del Este on the Uruguayan Riviera.
Read | Juan Carlos Onetti’s Tierra de Nadie (No Man’s Land)
Listen | to La Cumparsita, one of the best-known tangos, composed by Uruguayan Gerardo Matos Rodriguez.
Eat | beef. Uruguayans consume more beef per capita than almost any other nation. The parrillada (beef platter) is standard fare.
Drink | mate, the brew of choice. Uruguay also produces some excellent wines
In a Word | Tranquilo (chilled out)
Characteristics | Sun-worshiping humans at Punta del Este; a haven for other countries unwanted rogues; beautiful beaches.
Surprises | There are many shops and museums in Uruguay to chose from when it rains.
NEWS ABOUT URUGUAY
Brazil, Uruguay Set Up Railroad to Link Countries
(HN, 4/19/12) - The presidents of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, & Uruguay, Jose Mujica met on Thursday to discuss priority areas for bilateral cooperation, especially physical infrastructure & energy integration, science, technology & innovation, biotechnology & digital television. The Brazilian president revealed that the 2 idea is to complete two sections of railway that will link the two countries came up 4 months ago, during the Summit of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), when the 2 leaders decided to step up their nations' strategic alliances. This is Mujica's 2nd visit to Brazil in 2012. The 1st trip took place in January, when he chose Brazil for a vacation & took advantage of his stay to visit ex-president & personal friend Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was receiving treatment for a larynx tumor. (Read more at Cadena)