Saturday, September 24, 2005

Uruguay, introduction

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Uruguay in the world map
Uruguay is a small country, located at the south of south america, between Argentina, and Brazil. We are a population of about three millon people (most people are surprised when they find out this :) scattered over a flat surface of 176.220 km², which means you could fit Uruguay almost four times in France. It's a spanish speaking country, and most of the population are mainly spanish or italian descendants.
Uruguay map
We have no mountains, no snow, we are too close to the sea for that matter. Uruguay it's a green country, with green extense areas, forests, and good beaches. It's NOT a tropic country, we have four clearly different seasons, a true winter with temperatures as low as 0 degrees celsius, and as high as around 35 C in summer.

The capital of Uruguay is Montevideo, with one millon and a half inhabitants, half of Uruguay's population. It's a low city, even in the downtown area, buildings won't go above 15th floor, due to a legislation that states that all buildings have to be no taller than a building called "Palacio Salvo", I promise pictures. It's true that it's kind of a gray city, not very colorfull, some even say comparable to eastern europe cities, I don't completely agree, montevideo's architecture, in particular downtown's 18 de Julio buildings with paralell only in buenos aires, argentina in south america.

We, uruguayans are raised listening that we are quiet, nice, humble folk, with somewhat a low profile, especially when compared to our argentinean neighbors. Uruguayans are usually conservative people, or at least in the last sixty years or so we've been. It's sort of an atheist country, with an important catholic minority.

The country's main income comes from the cattle industry,(big beef n'steak fans country :), most if not all of it extensively breed. Another, more recent, important income source is information technology industry and services. Banking services are also big in Uruguay, since there is banking secrecy in Uruguay, just like in Switzerland, and Cayman islands.

The average monthly income per family is around 820 usd, in the capital city, and around 590 usd in the rest of the country.

I could go on for ages about my country, from big statistics to the small stupid details about living here, but then I'd leave myself without anything interesting to tell afterwards so I better stop over here ;) If you have any question, you just let me know.

Montevideo Uruguay ...

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, everything about it. I have friends in Uruguay and was suppose to go last year...it didn't work out. I find it a fascinating country. So beautiful too. I am always searching online about more info., and came across this one..great..

Off the subject, how is it for single people heterosexual?

Just wondering.

Thank you.

gabo_uy said...

It's no spring break if that's what you are asking. Uruguayans are kind of conservative in that matter.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the information that you are providing about Uruguay. My family is Uruguayan, in fact my father just moved back recently after living in the US for 30 years. I have family there, but I noticed that you're an IT consultant...how is the technology there? Are there job opportunities in the hi-tech industry there? Is there wi-fi everywhere like in Bolivia (was just there recently)? I would LOVE to move there either now or eventually, but I just wonder about how UY has recovered economically, and about the job opportunities. Also, do you know the average age of the population?

juan cubilla said...

Hola,

I write from Finland but I´m also Montevidean. As an uruguayan living abroad I needed many times a site like this to show to people interested in our country and culture. But it was actually when I already began to construct my own one (in Finnish), that I discovered yours.

Anyway I´m happy that someone writes about our culture in such a perfect English, reaching visitors from all over, probably also from Finland.

For me has been very exciting to find out through statistics that here in Finland there is a lot of people who are interested in our country but also in things such as Yerba Mate or Dulce de leche.

Felicitaciones y saludos,

Juan
UruguayAmigo.com

gabo_uy said...

Juan,

You are absolutely right, I'm not totally sure why, but from statistics you can tell lots of attention to uruguay related topics is coming from finland. Even before the whole paper mills started, so again, it has me puzzled.

I've been looking at your site, it's looks awesome, eventough I can't understand a thing.

keep up the good work,
gabo

Anonymous said...

Something about the best Dulce de leche, it is not "Conaprole" brand it is "La Pataia". It comes from Uruguay,made in Maldonado "State". It is also found in Florida,USA, from Tinglesa.com that it is a "branch" from Tienda Inglesa en Uruguay. Made with pure goat milk and sugar...."it is a recipe older than the moom". If you find goat milk I have the recipe. Very easy...you can also make it with cow milk, but USA milk has some many other thing besides milk can't be done with it.

Peter said...

I have quite a few digital photos of Pocitos area and the beaches of Atlantida. I will happily send those to you if you can publish them so that people get a better idea of what UY is really like.

Yes I get strange questions here in New Zealand too about UY. Then I show them the Teatro Solis and compare to our abortion of an opera house and its a big OH I DID'T KNOW! Peter

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of coming to Uraquay to live for 1-2 years with our young family. Any tips on Healthcare Job opportunities. I am a Canadian prepared Registered Nurse. We hope to do some volunteer work and one of us work for a wage to support our family. Is there a government health care system or is it all private. Any comment would be appreciated. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I'm doing a project in my Spanish class on Uruguay and this was the best site I've found. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I've been told I said Uruguay wrong and I've asked other people and they all say it differently, so can you spell out how you pronounce it? Thanks

Andy said...

As a frequent visitor to Montevideo I am amused at the accuracy of your blog.

How about an article on the Graf Spee?

Regards

Andy Robertson

Anonymous said...

Hi. Congartulation to your site which I found when searching for my relatives living in Uruguay. If you have any idea how I could find them, who left Romania (Transsylvania - city: Cluj-Napoca) during the first world war and today maybe do not speak anymore Hungarian, let me know please at izabella_csordas@yahoo.com.
Thank you and all the best for the New Year!

Anonymous said...

I have found your blog immensely enjoyable. Keep up your wonderful work.

shinji@tokyo said...

Hi,nice to meet you.
I'm Shinji from Japan.

We are running the blog called "Topics from 192 countries",where people from all over the world introduce their country.

URL: http://topics192.blogspot.com/

I'm appreciated if you visit our blog and join us.

Regards,
Shinji

Alvaro said...

Hello everybody !! I am uruguayan and I lived for several years in Europe. I could tell you : this blog is awesome and very useful for people looking for any info about my country. If any one needs any other information about coming down for living or sightseeing, please just drop me few lines to aviroga@adinet.com.uy I will be pleased to look for the info you need and send it back to you. I am proud of being born here and I am willing to help anybody interested in my country. Cheers !!!

Matilde said...

Soy uruguaya y me molesta enormemente que este blog esté escrito solamente en inglés y ni siquiera ofrezca la opción de un traductor a otros idiomas.

Si lo que se pretende es dar una imágen" para el turismo " y mostrar una visión cosmopolita, no lo considero acertado.

El contenido del blog puede estar sensacional, pero como uruguaya me niego a leerlo en otro idioma que no sea español, Si querés lo traducís a otros idiomas o dejás un traductor en el blog para los millones de personas de este mundo que no hablan inglés.

Y aclaro que vivo en USA y que hablo , leo y escribo en ambos idiomas.

Gracias por permitirme dejar mi opinión.

Steve said...

Hi, I´m a college student from the US thinking about studying in Montevideo in 2009. Are there universities that you recommend for a foreigner? Hablo español - pasé cinco meses estudiando en España el año pasado - pero quiero mejorarme en la idioma. From what I've been reading and hearing, Uruguay sounds like a decent enough place to spend 4 or 5 months. What do you think?

horse said...

Hi Matilde,

Your attitude is one of the main reasons why Uruguay is not a better place. That reactionary mentality that opposes whatever is change or progress. It so happens Matilde, that English is the language of civilization, whether you like ir or not.

So you dont like the blog being written in English? Cool, do not read it!!!

flashy said...

Matilde escribió, sin dudas, la pelotudez más grande que leí en mi vida.

Anonymous said...

hi there!
coudl I ask for one specfic information? howmuch a live in nanny/babysitter cost per month? thanks

gabouy said...

hi there, assuming is for an eight hour shift, uruguayans would pay for that from 5000, to 10.000 UY pesos, that would be with the current exchange something around 230 to 450 USD. And I say "uruguayans would pay", for two reasons, first the nanny this money pays is not english speaking, second, foreigners tend to be overcharged on everything I wouldnt assume this to be the exception. Having said that, If you can getting a local to negotiate prices could save you some money.

Anonymous said...

hi there1 thanks for the swift reply. i have one more question, how about 3 bedroom with two bathroom appartment for rent in
Montevideo how much woudl it cost me per month? also if I want to buy a car, what is the price range? (nice but not expensive car) Tks a lot again for your
help!

gabouy said...

for a 3 bedroom with two bathroom appartment the costs depends greatly on the neighborhood. In a nice neighborhood, the cost would be around 15000, to 20000, which the current exchange is something between 650 to 950usd.

I'd suggest taking a look at the cost of living entries[1][2], in particular at the user comments.

For a car the cost is around 10k USD to 15k USD.

regards,
gabo

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot! it was helpfull, I am planning to move to uraguay soon. your info definetly will help me out!

jenn said...

Very cool.. love reading about your country. I'm from the US, and look forward to keep up with your blog.

Tysociety said...
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Tysociety said...

Your honest and down to earth reflection on your country is very refreshing and helpful. I am from a flat area of Canada. The people here are down to earth too but many are also now conservative. I am not politicall or religious. This makes me think I would like Uruguay as you have described it, To be honest, I would like to escape the cold some day and a country like Uruguay seems a wonderful option to me for that. Thank you.

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