Country: Uruguay

Population: 3,460,607

Capital: Montevideo

Time Zone: UTC-3

Currency Name: Uruguayan peso (UYU)

Government Type: constitutional republic

Languages: Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)

Ethnic Breakdown: white 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%, Amerindian (practically nonexistent)

Religion: Roman Catholic 66% (less than half of the adult population attends church regularly), Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, nonprofessing or other 31%

Major Cities: Montevideo

Phone Country Code: 598

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Official Tourism Website: http://www.turismo.gub.uy/

High Travel Season: December - March

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f, I, l

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 6 (Epiphany), Carnival, Easter, April 20 (Landing of the 33 Patriots), May 1 (Labor Day), May 21 (Battle of Las Piedras), June 19 (Birth of General Artigas), July 18 (Constitution Day), August 25 (National Independence Day), October 15 (Dia de la Raza), November 2 (All Souls Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Uruguay's Ricardo Olivera holds the record for fastest soccer goal scored at 2.8 seconds.