Although there are many similarities around the regions of the Rio de la Plata, Uruguayans and Argentinians have very different approaches and perspectives on life, their way of interacting with one another, and their culture in general.
Uruguay luckily managed to avoid the worst of the 2008 Housing Crisis, but the damage had already been done and inflation is still taking its toll on the Uruguayan population.
Imported goods are heavily taxed and even produce at local shops and markets are effected, making it one of the most expensive countries in Latin America.
There is plenty to see and do in these areas in the interior of the country that often get overlooked.
Another popular misconception is that the capital, Montevideo, is located on the Atlantic, when it is in fact located on the Rio de la Plata, the widest river in the world!
A bill proposed in September would create a special prosecutors’ office focused on crimes against humanity dating to the military regime that ended in 1985.
The measures were still under consideration by lawmakers at year’s end.
Uruguay has a historically strong democratic governance structure and a positive record of upholding political rights and civil liberties while also working toward social inclusion.
Although all citizens enjoy legal equality, there are still disparities in treatment and political representation for women, Uruguayans of African descent, and the indigenous population.
Violent crime remained a problem in Uruguay during 2016, though the rates were still fairly low for the region, and statistics for the year showed a decrease in key categories compared with 2015.
Homicides, for example, fell to 265 from 293, for a rate of 7.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Uruguay, winners of the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, has a strong footballing cultural dating back more than one hundred years.