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Oriental Republic of Uruguay
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Location  South America
Capital  Montevideo
Area  176,215 sq km
Population  3,308,535
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  • Pope Francis named Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet of Uruguay as a cardinal among a new batch of cardinals selected by Pope on 4 January 2015.[1]

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  • The main consumer of Uruguayan beef China, purchased 188,411 tons of the meat in 2016, a 15.8 percent rise over 2015, according to data from the National Institute of Meats Uruguay revealed on 8 January 2017.

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  • Uruguay was listed as one of the 10 most forward-thinking countries in the developing world on 12 January 2016 by non-profit group Ethical Traveler - a project of the Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute. Every year the group reviews each country for its performance in the areas of human rights, social welfare, animal welfare and environmental protection – all while offering plenty of appeal as a travel destination.[2]

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  • Uruguay ranked eighth in the World Economic Forum's 2018 Inclusive Development Index's (IDI) list of emerging economies, an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP.[3]

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  • Uruguay’s Cristian García on 30 January 2017 was named as one of the winners at the Google's annual coding competition Google Code-in (GCI).[4]

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  • Uruguay's government-led crackdown against smoking banned tobacco advertising on 29 February 2008.[5]


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  • Uruguayan footballer Luis Suárez was named the 2014 Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Men’s' Player of the Year.[6]

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  • Uruguay unveiled first "Zero Emissions" 12 meter rapid transit bus powered 100% by electricity in Uruguay and the region on 22 May 2013.[7]

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  • Signs of the oldest animal known in existence - a centimetre-long slug whose fossilised tracks in Uruguay are 585 million years old - has been unearthed. The researchers reported the findings in the June 28, 2012, issue of the journal Science.[8]

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  • Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape in Uruguay was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 5 July 2015.[9]

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  • Uruguay won the 1950 FIFA World Cup by beating Brazil 2–1 on July 16, 1950. It was Uruguay's second FIFA soccer world cup win.[10]

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  • Uruguay won the 2011 Copa América football tournament on July 24, 2011. Uruguay won this main football tournament of the South American nations by beating Paraguay 3–0 in the final.[11]

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  • Uruguay won men’s football gold at the 2015 Pan American Games beating Mexico 1-0 in the final.[12]

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  • Uruguay won the 1930 FIFA World Cup as host nation by beating Argentina 4-2 in the final on July 30, 1930. It was the first ever FIFA soccer world cup.[13]

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  • Independence Day of Uruguay. Uruguay declared independence on 25 August 1825 from Brazil.

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  • Uruguayan senator Lucia Topolansky became the country’s first female vice-president on 13 September 2017.

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  • Uruguay and Ethiopia on 2 October 2014 signed a cooperation agreement that enables the countries to collaborate in trade, finance, industry, agriculture, science and social spheres.[14]

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  • United Nations General Assembly on 15 October 2015 elected Uruguay to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2016.[15]

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  • Uruguayan footballer Luis Suárez won the European Golden Shoe award on 20 October 2016 as the top scorer in European football leagues with 40 goals while playing for Spanish giant FC Barcelona.

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  • A work and holiday visa agreement between the Uruguayan and Australian governments was signed in Canberra on 29 November 2012. The agreement provides a unique opportunity for limited numbers of university-educated Australian and Uruguayan travelers aged between 18 and 30 years old to work and holiday in each other’s country for up to 12 months, a special and simpler visa arrangement between the two countries.[16]

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  • Montevideo of Uruguay was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Literature category.[17]

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