Independence Year : 1828
Population : 3337000
Life Expectancy : 75.2
Capital : 3492
GNP : 20831.00
GNP Old : 19967.00
Local Name : Uruguay
Government Form : Republic
Location : Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil.
Terrain : Plains and low hills; 84% agricultural
Climate : Temperate
Ethnic Group : European descent 93%, African descent 5%, mestizo 1%, Amerindian (practically nonexistent).
Religions : Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant and other Christian 16%, Jewish 2%, non-professing or other 30%.
Official Website : www.presidencia.gub.uy
Genral Information - Uruguay
A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement, the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to agree to military control of his administration in 1973. By the end of the year the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold throughout the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)