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Oriental Republic of Uruguay
República Oriental del Uruguay
Timeline: 1822: Brazil split
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms

Motto
Libertad o muerte
("Liberty or Death")

Anthem "National Anthem of Uruguay"
Capital
(and largest city)
Montevideo
Language Spanish
Religion Roman Catholic
Ethnic Group Spanish
Demonym Uruguayan
Government Presidential Republic
President José Mujica
Area 176,215 km²
Population 18,735,955 hab.
Established 1680
Independence from Kingdom of Brazil
  declared August 25, 1825
  recognized August 25, 1826
Currency Peso Uruguayo (URP)
Time Zone GMT +3
  summer
1, Sep - Apr
Calling Code +598
Internet TLD .uy

Uruguay, officialy Oriental Republic of Uruguay (Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay) is a sovereign state located in the south eastern part of South America. Although it is of mostly Spanish-speaking population, the country gained its independence from the Kingdom of Brazil, after a long war that lasted from 1823 to 1826.

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