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Official state name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Seat of government and congress/parliament in Montevideo
Uruguay has approximately 3.251.000 inhabitants, of which about 3.200.000 (98,4% of the population) Spanish native speakers.
Time difference to/offset from UTC/GMT (London): -3 hours
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Besides Spanish, in Uruguay people also speak Portunol.
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The international area code for calls from abroad for Uruguay is: +598
voltage: 220 V
Websites of Uruguay end usually with .uy
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Welcome to Uruguay, a small raw gem on the tourist map, with a lot of history, unequalled natural beauty, magnificent coastlines, extremely friendly people and a capital city with many attractions!
This country is located in a privileged setting, surrounded by the enormous territories of Argentina and Brazil, giant rivers and the Atlantic Ocean.
Half of the 3 million inhabitants of Uruguay live in Montevideo, the country’s capital. However, did you also know that the rest of the country is about the size of England? It has a beautiful coast with white sand, dunes, large waves ideal for surfers, small attractive fishermen’s villages, places to do whale-watching in the ocean etc.
In the country’s interior you will find hot water springs, hundreds of rivers and lakes, beautiful landscapes with hills and meadows, allowing for all kinds of adventure sports. Last but not least, Uruguay has Latin America’s largest casino in Punta del Este, the beach resort that annually (in January and February) attracts the world’s jet-set community.
Uruguay is also referred to as Latin America’s Switzerland. However, did you also know that this is not only due to its financial and banking system, but also to the tranquility of its people, their high cultural and educational level, the security and the beauty of the country’s nature?
Instead of hot Swiss chocolate milk, people will be drinking Mate, the national drink, a kind of herbal tea to de drunk with a metal straw.
Painted birds: the name Uruguay has its origin in the Guaraní language and has several translations such as “River where the bird lives", “river of painted birds", “river of shells", “river with many bends". However, did you also know that the country is really called “Oriental Republic of Uruguay"? That’s why many Uruguayans also refer to themselves as “Orientals", even though geographically that is not entirely the case…
The gaucho is an Argentine figure. However, did you also know that he has at least the same importance in Brasil and Uruguay?
The gaucho is intimately linked to the birth of the nation. His values and sense of liberty were a determining factor in the fight for Uruguayan independence. Nobody does farm work with cattle better than the gaucho.
The mate drink is the gaucho’s companion wherever he goes. It is an ancient Guaraní drink.
Uruguay also has a famous carnival. However, did you also know that it supposedly has the world’s longest carnival with its 40 days of duration? During the carnival, various groups march in the streets: parodians, “murgas", humorists, “revistas", “comparsas".
Uruguay attaches a lot of importance to carnival and the origins are European and African. During carnival in the times of the Spanish colony, African slaves covered themselves with robes of vivid colors and walked through the streets toward the city walls of Montevideo, where they were allowed to sing and dance. The “Candombe" is derived from African rhythms performed by the Negro slaves of the colony.
Uruguay was the first football (Soccer) world champion ever. But did you also know that Uruguay won the world championship once more in 1950 in the enormous Maracaná stadium, in Brazil, where Uruguay won a historic match against Brazil 2:1? This mythical match is referred to as the Maracanazo and is part of the national myth of Uruguay.
www.spanishcourses.info was invited to visit the Argentinean State-Secretary of Tourism on April 6, 2006.
We interchanged experiences regarding to the Spanish langue school scenery in Argentina and decided to work together in the future to promote the Spanish langue schools of Argentina.
... the pure white sand of its beaches, the dunes alternating with creeks and its small bays with peaceful waters. - Spanish is the only language spoken in Uruguay, althought, some people speak Portunol, or Brazilero that is a Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier.