Located in South America, Uruguay lies between Brazil and Argentina. To the south of Uruguay is the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) estuary; to the east is the South Atlantic Ocean.
Population: 3.3 million (2014 est.)
Ethnic Groups: white 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%
Languages: Spanish (official), Portunol, Brazilero
Religions: Roman Catholic - 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians - 11.1%, nondenominational - 23.2%, Jewish - 0.3%, atheist or agnostic - 17.2%, other - 1.1%
URUGUAYANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 4,550
In the GTA: 2,630
In the City of Toronto: 1,115
Uruguay became independent from Spain in 1828 and has enjoyed a long history of democratic governments - except for the military regime from 1973 to 1985. Today, Uruguay has a relatively high standard of living and a high literacy rate for a country in Latin America. Although its economy fluctuates with the economic fortunes of surrounding economies (such as Brazil's), Uruguay's economy is quite stable. Although many Uruguyans identify as Catholic, Uruguay's society is very secular. In fact religious holidays have even been re-named. For example, many refer to Christmas as "Family Day."
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