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Uruguay

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Motto: Libertad o muerte   “Freedom or death”
Anthem: Himno Nacional Uruguayo  

Capital Montevideo
Official languages Spanish
Demonym Uruguayan, Oriental
Government Republic (presidential system)
Independence from Brazil  – Oriental Revolution 25 August 1825 / Declared, 28 August 1828
Area 176.215 km²  / 68,037 sq mi
Population 2007 estimate 3,460,607 (134)
Currency Uruguayan peso

[show-map id=’21’] Geography
Uruguay, on the east coast of South America south of Brazil and east of Argentina, is comparable in size to Oklahoma. The country consists of a low, rolling plain in the south and a fertile coastal low plateau in the north. It has a 120-mile Atlantic shoreline, a 235-mile frontage on the Rio de la Plata, and 270 mi on the Uruguay River, its western boundary.  Uruguay is the second smallest sovereign nation in South America (after Suriname) and the third smallest territory (French Guiana is the smallest). The highest point in the country is the Cerro Catedral at 513.66 metersin the ‘Sierra de Carapé’ mountain range.

Culture
Uruguay has an impressive legacy of artistic and literary traditions, especially for its small size. The contribution of its alternating conquerors and diverse immigrants has resulted in native traditions that integrate this diversity. Uruguay has centuries old remains, fortresses of the colonial era. Its cities have a rich architectural heritage and an impressive number of writers, artists, and musicians. Uruguayan tango is the form of dance that originated in the neighborhoods of Montevideo, Uruguay towards the end of the 1800s. Tango, candombe, and murga are the three main styles of music in this city.

*Content gathered from Wikipedia