Uruguay Area Code

+598 is the dialing code for Uruguay.

Uruguay is wedged between neighboring Brazil and Argentina on the Atlantic coast of South America. The country was early a modern welfare state and stable democracy when the region was otherwise characterized by authoritarian rule. Military dictatorship also prevailed in Uruguay for more than a decade from the early 1970s, but now the country has once again been rumored to be a progressive forerunner, not least in social policy issues. Agriculture is the foundation of the economy. The breeding of cows and sheep is mainly carried out on large farms, estancias, in the plain.

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Geography and climate

Uruguay Area Code

Uruguay is located on the Atlantic coast of South America, sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina. It is the continent’s second smallest state, after Surinam, and corresponds to the surface about a third of Sweden. The landscape consists of a hilly plateau with some low mountain ranges running in a north-south direction.

Most of Uruguay is lowland. The highest mountain, Cerro Catedral, reaches just over 500 meters.

Three quarters of the country consists of grass pastures which are excellent pastures. The coast towards the Atlantic Ocean in the south is low and sandy and is bordered on the east by lagoons.

The country is named after the Uruguay River which forms a border with Argentina and then culminates in the large bay of Río de la Plata. The land is divided in the east-west direction by the river Río Negro, which forms a series of long narrow lakes in the middle of the country.

Country Facts


Cultivated land 87.2 %
Land area 176215 km 2

Population and health

Population development 0.27 ‰
Urban population (Urbanization) 95.3 %
Death rate 9.45 per 1000 residents
Life expectancy: Women 80.26 years
Life expectancy: Men 73.86 years
Birth rate 13.07 births per 1000 residents
HDI index 0.793
Population 3341893
Infant mortality 8.74 deaths / 1000 births

Population Graph Source: Countryaah.com


Electricity, production 10300 million kWh
Energy consumption per resident 1362.1 kg. oil per resident
Natural gas, production million cubic meters
Crude oil, production million tons


Internet users 59.0 per 100 residents
Mobile subscriptions 165 per 100 residents
Passenger cars 200 per 1000 residents

Business and economics

Unemployment 7.1% of the workforce
GDP 21500 per resident
Primary occupations 13 %
Secondary profession 14 %
Tertiary professions 73 %

Uruguay is the only country in South America that is completely outside the tropical zone. Instead, it belongs to the subtropical climate belt and has four seasons. The location by the sea contributes to a mild climate during most of the year.

The warmest is in December – February when the daytime temperature normally reaches 28-30 degrees. The coldest months are June – August with a temperature of usually 10-14 degrees. In winter, the temperature can drop to zero, but frost is unusual and snow does not occur. No season is markedly dry or rainy. The weather is changing rapidly and severe storms can occur at any time during the year.



176 215 km2 (2018)


Swedish –4 hours

Adjacent country (s)

Argentina, Brazil

Capital with number of residents

Montevideo 1.4 million

Other major cities

Salto 104,000, Paysandú 76,000, Las Piedras 71,000 (Census 2011)

Highest mountain

Cerro Catedral (513 m asl)

Important rivers

Río Negro, Río Uruguay

Largest lake

Embalse del Río Negro (artificial)

Average Precipitation / year

about 1,000 mm

Average / day

22 °C (Feb), 10 °C (July)



The amnesty law is repealed

Congress withdraws the invalidated amnesty law (see March 2011). The crimes are declared to be crimes against humanity, and thus cannot be prescribed. In the Senate, the decision goes through with the votes 16-16.


Public apology for UN soldiers

President Mujica apologizes to Haiti after reporting that an 18-year-old Haitian man was raped by a group of Uruguayan peacekeeping soldiers. The case has caused much upset in Haiti.


Amnesty laws are annulled

A decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) is announced which means that a 1986 amnesty law relating to crimes committed under the military dictatorship (1973-1855) is not valid because it violates international human rights conventions (see also Political system).



Military convicted of MR crime

An active military is being dropped for the first time for human rights violations during the dictatorship (see Political system).


Mujica takes over as president

José Mujica becomes President. He won the second round of the presidential election in November 2009 with 55 percent of the vote, against 45 percent for Luis Lacalle de Herrera (who was president from 1990 to 1995).


Ex-president gets jail

Former President and military dictator Juan María Bordaberry (1972-1976) is sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder and violation of the Constitution after the 1973 military coup.



Mujica wins the presidential election

November 29th

In the second round of the presidential election, the ruling Left Alliance defeats Breda Front’s candidate José Mujica by 55 percent of the vote, against Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou’s 45 percent for the right-wing Blanco Party (or National Party).


Left victory in the election

October 25th

The Left Alliance The broad front retains its majority in both chambers of Congress, with 50 seats in the House of Representatives and 16 in the Senate. The Blank Party gets 30 and 9 seats, the Colorado Party 17 and 5, respectively, and the Independent Party 2 in the House of Representatives and none in the Senate. Wide front presidential candidate José Mujica gets 49 percent of the vote and thus misses with barely a marginal victory in the first round. Blanco’s Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou gets 30 percent and Colorados Pedro Bordaberry 18 percent. Mujica and Lacalle Pou advance to a second round. Two referendums are also held, with both proposals being voted down. One was to repeal an amnesty provision for human rights violations committed during the military dictatorship of 1973–1985 (53 percent no) and the other was to allow postal voting for Uruguayans abroad (63 percent no).