Traveling to South America and need a few Uruguay facts? Uruguay is a country near Brazil and Argentina. Its capital is Montevideo and the inhabitants speak fluent Spanish. Here are a few more facts about Uruguay that you might be interested in when you visit.
- Country ranking in size. Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. The population is around 3.5 million and is gradually rising. Although Uruguay is Latin, the ethnic heritage of this small country is European, African and Italian. However, only 1/4 of its people are of Italian ancestry.
- Commerce and economy. Agriculture, fishing, small business ventures and mining make up most of the country's commerce. However, the coast is perfect for agricultural growth. Beef, rice and corn are some of the agriculture produced in the country. Most of these things are exported out of Uruguay to other countries. The United States, Brazil, Argentina and China are top imports for paper, oil and other living essentials.
- Religious background. Almost 66 percent of the population is Catholic. A whopping 30 percent do not practice any type of religion. But the other three percent practice Jewish, Christian and Protestant religions.
- Educational standards. Uruguay facts include a country of high educational standards. The majority of Uruguay inhabitants are well-educated. Most of the country is either middle class or living very comfortably compared to other South American countries.
- Life expectancy. Life expectancy is high in the country of Uruguay. In fact, most citizens live well into their 70s. The infant mortality rate is also very low. These combining facts make the country more enticing than others in the region. However, immigration to other countries-including Spain and the United States-has increased over the last two decades.