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Description flag of Uruguay

nine equal horizontal stripes of white (top and bottom) alternating with blue; a white square in the upper hoist-side corner with a yellow sun bearing a human face known as the Sun of May with 16 rays that alternate between triangular and wavy

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Official country name

Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Short name


Local names

Republica Oriental del Uruguay (long)
Uruguay (short)

Former name

Banda Oriental, Cisplatine Province


Uruguayan(s) (noun) Uruguay (adjective)

Languages spoken

Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)



Government type

constitutional republic


3,477,778 ranked 133, (data 2008)


second-smallest South American country (after Suriname); most of the low-lying landscape (three-quarters of the country) is grassland, ideal for cattle and sheep raising. The lowest point is Atlantic Ocean 0 m.


Coastline 660 km.

Land borders

1,648km, Argentina 580 km, Brazil 1,068 km.

Administrative divisions

19 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento); Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo, Treinta y Tres


25 August 1825 (from Brazil)