Uruguay, officially the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is a nation located in southern part of South America.
It is bordered by Brazil to the north, the Uruguay River to the west, the estuary of the Río de la Plata (literally "River of Silver", but commonly known in English as "River Plate") to the southwest, with Argentina on the other bank of both, and finally the South Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.
About half of its people live in the capital and largest city, Montevideo.
The nation is the second smallest independent country in South America, larger only than Suriname (it is also larger than French Guiana, which is not independent), and is the most politically and economically stable.
It is called the "Switzerland of America", due to its unmatched economic prosperity in the continent and it was ranked as the second country in Latin America with less corruption.
Surface Area: 176,220 square km
Population: 3,399,237 (July 2004 est.)
Located in: Southern South America
Capital City: Montevideo
Head of State: Vasquez, Tabaré
Prime Minister: Vasquez, Tabaré
Independent since: 25 August 1825 (from Brazil)
Currency: Uruguayan peso (UYU)