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10 fun facts about Uruguay

Widely considered as one of the most liberal countries in the world, Uruguay has an impressive history of offering an egalitarian agenda. Here we take a look at some fun and interesting facts about the country

Sufiyeh Hadian-Clarke
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Sufiyeh Hadian-Clarke,

South America's hidden gem hosts some of the world's most glorious sights and relaxed lifestyle. Here, we take a look at some interesting and fun facts about what makes Uruguay so great.

  1. The country’s name comes from the Uruguay river and means river of the painted birds in the Guarani language. The river starts in Brazil, ends in the Río de la Plata Basin and forms the border between Uruguay and Argentina.
  2. Every single house in Uruguay has its own unique name.
  3. It claims to be the birthplace of the tango (as does Argentina).
  4. Uruguay’s national anthem, which lasts more than five minutes, is the world’s longest in terms of performance duration (and is quite catchy too)!
  5. Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside of the tropics
  6. José Mujica, Uruguay’s president from 2010-2015, donated 90% of his income to charity and earned himself the nickname of the world’s poorest president.
  7. In 2009, Uruguay became the first country in the world to provide every schoolchild with a free laptop and Wi-Fi access.
  8. In 2013, Uruguay was named The Economist’s Country of the Year.
  9. Uruguay has a literacy rate of 98.1% for adults, one of the highest in the world. This is thanks to the country’s provision of free, compulsory education.
  10. Uruguay’s motto is Libertad o Muerte, meaning Liberty or Death.



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