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Uruguay is four cows per inhabitant, two victories in the World Cup football… but not only.

Identity card of Uruguay:

  • Capital: Montevideo
  • Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU), but the US dollar (USD) is also used in Uruguay
  • Time difference: UTC-3 (4 or 5 hours less than Paris, depending on the time change)
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Political regime: The Eastern Republic of Uruguay is a presidential republic
  • Religion: More than 60% of the inhabitants of Uruguay are Catholic but there are Protestant and Jewish minorities. Many Uruguayans declare themselves non-practicing

Secularism, women's rights and unions

Uruguay has been a secular country since 1917. The women got the right to vote in the written constitution on the same date and voted for the first time in 1932.Uruguayans benefit from a very protective labor law managed by wage councils comprising representatives of the government, companies and trade unions.

Organizer of the first World Cup

In 1939, the first World Cup was held in Uruguay on the occasion ofthe centenary of the country’s creation. The final opposes the host country to Argentina in an atmosphere close to the riot. Before the match, the tension and mistrust are such that each team wants to impose its own ball for the match.  Uruguay will prevail at the last minute on the score of 3 to 2. 

Cannabis OTC

On December 11, 2013, Uruguay was the first country in the world to authorize the production, transportation and consumption of recreational cannabis. Every year in Montevideo stands Expocannabis, a unique show in the world where the latest technical innovations, the most advanced methods as well as the best seeds for the cultivation of Indian hemp are listed. Since July 2017, the cannabis is on sale in pharmacies under state control, 

At the forefront of LGTB rights

Uruguay’s legislation is the most liberal in Latin America with respect to the rights of homosexuals and transgender people. Since April 2013, two people of the same gender can marry and adopt children. Denying the rights of “LGTB” is punishable by law. Homosexuals can engage and serve in the military.

First on renewable energies

95% of Uruguay’s energy comes from renewable energies such as wind, biomass or hydraulics. The country has made the most of its vast and empty natural spaces to be the best equipped with clean energy from all over Latin America. In 10 years, Uruguay has reduced its carbon footprint without government subsidies or imposing a high cost on the consumer,