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The capital is Montevideo
Land and water border countries (2): Argentina 541 km, Brazil 1,050 km

general information

The terrian is mostly rolling plains and low hills; fertile coastal lowland.
The area total is: 176,215 sq km
Population: 3,341,893
The culture of Uruguay is diverse in its nature since the nation's population is one of multicultural origins. The country has an impressive legacy of artistic and literary traditions, especially for its small size. The contribution of its alternating conquerors, Spain and Portugal, and diverse immigrants – Italians, Germans, Swiss, Russians, Jews, and Armenians, among others – has resulted in traditions that integrate this diversity with Native American elements. Uruguay has centuries-old remains and fortresses of the colonial era. Its cities have a rich architectural heritage, and an impressive number of writers, artists, and musicians. Carnival and candombe are the most important examples of African influence by slaves, as well asUmbanda religious beliefs and practices. Guarani traditions can be seen in the national drink, mate. The folk and popular music of Uruguay shares with Argentina not only its gaucho roots, but also the tango.
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Cilmate: warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknown
Constitutional republic 19 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento); Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo, Treinta y Tres

Soybeans, rice, wheat; beef, dairy products; fish; lumber, cellulose food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beverages

At the southwest corner of the plaza are the Casa de Lavalleja (formerly General Lavalleja's residence), the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de San Francisco and the restored 19th-century faro (lighthouse). At the west end, on de San Francisco, the Museo Municipal has antique homewares, dinosaur remains and huge petrified mushrooms. The Casa del Virrey - which was never home to a viceroy - is just to the north.

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Nine equal horizontal stripes of white (top and bottom) alternating with blue; a white square in the upper hoist-side corner with a yellow sun bearing a human face known as the Sun of May with 16 rays that alternate between triangular and wavy; the stripes represent the nine original departments of Uruguay; the sun symbol evokes the legend of the sun breaking through the clouds on 25 May 1810 as independence was first declared from Spain (Uruguay subsequently won its independence from Brazil); the sun features are said to represent those of Inti, the Inca god of the sun

Asado - One of the most popular meals in Uruguay is the Asado or Barbecue. Note, this will most likely not be like the bbq that you see back home. Here you will be offered a much larger assortment of meat (all types of cuts) and often organ parts are grilled too. The asado is prepared on a special (large) grill called a parrilla and charcoal is used more than wood or gas. The uruguayan asado is truly heaven for all you carnivores out there.

Asado con cuero - (barbecue with skin/hide) This involves cooking the whole cow or sheep, “skin and all” (though not the inside parts). You will see the animal spread eagle on a cross near flames.

Chivito - a traditional Uruguayan sandwich with sliced steak, ham, cheese, eggs and mayonnaise. Some chivitos also have bacon added to it.

Choripán - grilled chorizo (a gourmet sausage) wedged inside a small baguette-style bread. Choripán is often eaten at the beginning of an asado.

Empanada - a type of pie/turnover which is commonly filled with ground beef (mince) or cheese.

Empanadas Gallegas - Is a fish pie filled with tuna, onions and bell peppers. Its name comes from the Galician immigrants who brought this food with them to Uruguay.

Fainá - a thin chickpea flour bread, often served with fugazza and “pizza by the meter”.

Milenesa - beef (or chicken) that is crumbed and fried. It’s similar to a wiener schnitzel.

Milanesa Rellena - same as a normal milanesa though filled with cheese and ham.

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