Overland Journeys: Across the Southern Cone

Travel Information for Uruguay
Time zone:GMT -3 (Uruguay standard time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins second Sunday in October; ends second Sunday in March
Main languages:Spanish
Currency: Uruguayan pesos (UYU)

1 = $U32.55, $1 = $U29.00, £1 = $U38.80

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.uyInternational Dialling Code:    598

For help planning your trip to Uruguay including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Uruguay trip planning page.

Further information on Uruguay

Discover more about Uruguay - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of uruguay

Total area: 176,220 sq km (2,600 sq km under water)

Coastline: 660 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Argentina (580km), Brazil (1,068km)

Climate: Temperate climate with warm summers.

Highest mountain: Cerro Catedral (514m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Uruguay from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFull democracy 17/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 43/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 23/179
ILGA LGBT rightsBroad rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 21/174
Overall Ranking:    15/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay     Status: Independent Country

Population: 3,332,972 (rank: 132/196)     Density: 18.9 people/sq km (rank: 162/196)

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

Religions: Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1% (2006)

GDP (PPP): $56.27 billion       GDP per capita: $16,600 (rank: 62/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.