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Uruguay Population: 3,477,778
BackgroundMonte, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Artina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four yrs later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-yr struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the rly 20th century established widesprd political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yrend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 yrs of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.Map data ©2009 Europa Technologies - Terms of Use
GeographySecond-smallest South American country (after Suriname); most of the low-lying landscape (three-quarters of the country) is grassland, idl for tle and sheep raising.Loion:Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocn, between Artina and BrazilGeographic coordinates:33 00 S, 56 00 WAr:total: 176,220 sq km
land: 173,620 sq km
water: 2,600 sq kmSize comparison: slightly smaller than the state of Washington
Land Boundaries:total: 1,648 km
border countries: Artina 580 km, Brazil 1,068 kmCoastline:660 kmMaritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or edge of continental marginClimate:warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknownTerrain:mostly rolling plains and low hills; fertile coastal lowlandElevation extremes:lowest point: Atlantic Ocn 0 m
highest point: Cerro edral 514 mNatural resources:arable land, hydropower, minor minerals, fisheriesLand use:arable land: 7.77%
permanent crops: 0.24%
other: 91.99% (2005)Irrigated land:2,100 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:ssonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Artine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as wther barriers, all loions are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from wther frontsCurrent Environment Issues:water pollution from mt packing/tannery industry; inadequate solid/hazardous waste disposalInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Trty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Endangered Species, Environmental Modifiion, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation
PeoplePopulation:3,477,778 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 22.7% (male 401,209/female 388,315)
15-64 yrs: 64% (male 1,105,891/female 1,120,858)
65 yrs and over: 13.3% (male 185,704/female 275,801) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 33.2 yrs
male: 31.8 yrs
female: 34.6 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:0.486% (2008 est.)Birth rate:14.17 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:9.12 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:-0.18 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 0.99 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.67 male(s)/female
total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 11.66 dths/1,000 live births
male: 13.1 dths/1,000 live births
female: 10.17 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 76.14 yrs
male: 72.89 yrs
female: 79.51 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:1.94 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:0.3% (2001 est.)HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:6,000 (2001 est.)HIV/AIDS - dths:fewer than 500 (2003 est.)Nationality:noun: Uruguayan(s)
adjective: UruguayanEthnic groups:white 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%, Amerindian (practically nonexistent)Religions:Roman holic 47.1%, non-holic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1% (2006)Languages:Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)Literacy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 98%
male: 97.6%
female: 98.4% (2003 est.)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Oriental Republic of Uruguay
conventional short form: Uruguay
local long form: Republica Oriental del Uruguay
local short form: Uruguay
former: Banda Oriental, Cisplatine ProvinceGovernment type:constitutional republicCapital:name: Monte
geographic coordinates: 34 53 S, 56 11 W
time difference: UTC-3 (2 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins second Sunday in October; ends second Sunday in MarchAdministrative divisions:19 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento); Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Monte, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo, Treinta y TresIndependence:25 August 1825 (from Brazil)National holiday:Independence Day, 25 August (1825)Constitution:27 November 1966, effective 15 February 1967; suspended 27 June 1973, new constitution rejected by referendum 30 November 1980; two constitutional reforms approved by plebiscite 26 November 1989 and 7 January 1997Legal system:based on Spanish civil law system; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:18 yrs of age; universal and compulsoryExecutive branch:chief of state: President Tabare VAZQUEZ Rosas (since 1 March 2005); Vice President Rodolfo NIN NOVOA (since 1 March 2005); note - the president is both the chief of state and hd of government
hd of government: President Tabare VAZQUEZ Rosas (since 1 March 2005); Vice President Rodolfo NIN NOVOA (since 1 March 2005)
cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president with parliamentary approval
elections: president and vice president elected on the same ticket by popular vote for five-yr terms (may not serve consecutive terms); election last held 31 October 2004 (next to be held in October 2009)
election results: Tabare VAZQUEZ elected president; percent of vote - Tabare VAZQUEZ 50.5%, Jorge LARRANAGA 35.1%, Guillermo STIRLING 10.3%; other 4.1%Legislative branch:bicameral eral Assembly or Asambl eral consists of Chamber of Senators or Camara de Senadores (30 sts; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-yr terms; vice president has one vote in the Senate) and Chamber of Representatives or Camara de Representantes (99 sts; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-yr terms)
elections: Chamber of Senators - last held 31 October 2004 (next to be held October 2009); Chamber of Representatives - last held 31 October 2004 (next to be held October 2009)
election results: Chamber of Senators - percent of vote by party - NA; sts by party - EP-FA 16, Blanco 11, Colorado Party 3; Chamber of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; sts by party - EP-FA 52, Blanco 36, Colorado Party 10, Independent Party 1Judicial branch:Supreme Court (judges are nominated by the president and elected for 10-yr terms by the eral Assembly)Political parties and lders:Broad Front (Frente Amplio) - formerly known as the Progressive Encounter/Broad Front Coalition or EP-FA [Jorge BROVETTO] (a broad governing coalition that includes Movement of the Popular Participation or MPP [Jose MUJICA], New Space Party (Nuevo Espacio) [Rafael MICHELINI], Progressive Alliance (Alianza Progresista) [Rodolfo NIN NOVOA], Socialist Party [Eduardo FERNANDEZ], the Communist Party [Marina ARISMENDI], Uruguayan Assembly (Asambl Uruguay) [Danilo ASTORI], and Vertiente Artiguista [Mariano ARANA]); Colorado Party (Foro Batllista) [Julio Maria SANGUINETTI]; National Party or Blanco [Luis Alberto LACALLE and Jorge LARRANAGA]Political pressure groups and lders:Architect's Society of Uruguay (professional organization); Chamber of Uruguayan Industries (manufacturer's association); Chemist and Pharmaceutical Association (professional organization); PIT/CNT (powerful federation of Uruguayan Unions - umbrella labor organization); Rural Association of Uruguay (rancher's association); Uruguayan Construction Lgue; Uruguayan Network of Political Women
other: holic Church; studentsInternational organization participation:CAN (associate), FAO, G-77, IADB, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, LAES, LAIA, Mercosur, MIGA, MINURSO, MINUSTAH, MONUC, NAM (observer), OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, PCA, RG, UN, UNASUR, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, Union Latina, UNMIS, UNMOGIP, UNOCI, UNOMIG, UNWTO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTODiplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Carlos Alberto GIANELLI Derois
chancery: 1913 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
telephone: [1] (202) 331-1313 through 1316
FAX: [1] (202) 331-8142
consulate(s) eral: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington, DC
consulate(s): San Juan (Puerto Rico)Diplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Frank E. BAXTER
embassy: Lauro Muller 1776, Monte 11200
mailing address: APO AA 34035
telephone: [598] (2) 418-7777
FAX: [598] (2) 418-8611
EconomyUruguay's economy is characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-edued work force, and high levels of social spending. After averaging growth of 5% annually during 1996-98, in 1999-2002 the economy suffered a major downturn, stemming largely from the spillover effects of the economic problems of its large neighbors, Artina and Brazil. For instance, in 2001-02 Artine citizens made massive withdrawals of dollars deposited in Uruguayan banks after bank deposits in Artina were frozen, which led to a plunge in the Uruguayan peso, a banking crisis, and a sharp economic contraction. Rl GDP fell in four yrs by nrly 20%, with 2002 the worst yr. The unemployment rate rose, inflation surged, and the burden of external debt doubled. Financial assistance from the IMF helped stem the damage. Uruguay restructured its external debt in 2003 without asking creditors to accept a reduction on the principal. The construction of a pulp mill in Fray Bentos - at $1.2 billion the largest foreign direct investment in Uruguay's history - came online in November 2007, boosting GDP and exports. Other large projects in the pulp and paper industries also are planned. Economic growth for Uruguay averaged 8% annually during the period 2004-08.GDP (purchasing power parity):$42.72 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$28.35 billion (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:8.5% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$12,300 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 9.8%
industry: 32.8%
services: 57.4% (2008 est.)Labor force:1.641 million (2008 est.)Labor force - by occupation:agriculture: 9%
industry: 15%
services: 76% (2007 est.)Unemployment rate:7.8% (2008 est.)Population below poverty line:27.4% of households (2006)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: 1.9%
highest 10%: 34% (2003)Distribution of family income - Gini index:45.2 (2006)Inflation rate (consumer prices):8.5% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):15.1% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $8.204 billion
expenditures: $8.526 billion (2008 est.)Public debt:62.1% of GDP (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beveragesIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:9.2 billion kWh (2007)Electricity - consumption:7.03 billion kWh (2007)Electricity - exports:995.4 million kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - imports:788.4 million kWh (2007 est.)Oil - production:935.7 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:33,400 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - exports:4,410 bbl/day (2007)Oil - imports:43,670 bbl/day (2007)Oil - proved reserves:NANatural gas - production:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:102.8 million cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:116.9 million cu m (2007)Natural gas - proved reserves:0 cu m (1 January 2006 est.)Current account balance:-$1 billion (2008 est.)Exports:$7.596 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:mt, rice, lther products, wool, fish, dairy productsExports - partners:Brazil 15.5%, US 9.4%, Artina 8.4%, Mexico 6.6%, China 6.1%, Germany 4.8% (2007)Imports:$8.548 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:crude petroleum and petroleum products, machinery, chemicals, road vehicles, paper, plasticsImports - partners:Brazil 19.1%, Artina 17.9%, US 9.5%, China 9.1%, Paraguay 7.7%, Nigeria 4.7% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$6.157 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$11.48 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:$4.19 billion (2007)Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:$156 million (2007)Market value of publicly traded shares:$159 million (31 December 2007)Currency ():Uruguayan peso (UYU)Exchange rates:Uruguayan pesos (UYU) per US dollar - 20.438 (2008 est.), 23.947 (2007), 24.048 (2006), 24.479 (2005), 28.704 (2004)Fiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:965,200 (2007)Cellular in use:3.004 million (2007)Telephone system:eral assessment: fully digitalized
domestic: most modern facilities concentrated in Monte; new nationwide microwave radio relay network; overall fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity is 115 tele per 100 persons
international: country - 598; the UNISOR submarine cable system provides direct connectivity to Brazil and Artina; satellite rth stations - 2 sat (Atlantic Ocn) (2002)Radio broadcast stations:AM 93, FM 191, shortwave 7 (2005)Television broadcast stations:62 (2005)Internet country :.uyInternet hosts:480,593 (2008)Internet users:968,000 (2007)
TransportationAirports:60 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 9
over 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 2
under 914 m: 2 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 51
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
914 to 1,523 m: 19
under 914 m: 29 (2007)Pipelines:gas 257 km; oil 160 km (2007)Railways:total: 2,073 km
standard gauge: 2,073 km 1.435-m gauge
note: 461 km have been taken out of service and 460 km are in partial use (2006)Roadways:total: 77,732 km
paved: 7,743 km
unpaved: 69,989 km (2004)Waterways:1,600 km (2008)Merchant marine:total: 17
by type: cargo 3, chemical tanker 2, passenger/cargo 9, petroleum tanker 2, roll on/roll off 1
foreign-owned: 10 (Artina 3, Greece 1, Spain 6)
registered in other countries: 3 (Liberia 3) (2008)Ports and terminals:Monte
Military branches:Uruguayan Armed Forces: Army (Ejercito), Navy (Armada Nacional; includes naval air arm, Marines, Maritime Prefecture in wartime), Air Force (Fuerza Aer Uruguaya, FAU) (2008)Military service age and obligation:18 yrs of age for voluntary and compulsory military service; enlistment is voluntary in pcetime, but the government has the authority to conscript in emercies (2007)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 837,252
females age 16-49: 824,096 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 703,955
females age 16-49: 690,296 (2008 est.

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