Capital: Montevideo; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 1.5%;
Key Facts

Full name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Population: 3.4 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 176,215 sq km (68,037 sq miles)
Major language: Spanish
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Uruguayan peso = 100 centesimos
Main exports: Meat, rice, leather products, vehicles, dairy products, wool, electricity
GNI per capita: US $11,860 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .uy
International dialling code: +598

  • Mr. Mario Bergara President of the Central Bank of Uruguay


    Founded in 1967, Uruguay's central bank (BCU) regulates the country's banking and economy. It issues currency and controls money supply by setting interest rates; regulates credit; and oversees the currency exchange and the country's private commercial banks.

    To begin, we would like to ask for your opinion about where Uruguay will be heading to in the next five years. What do you think will be the challenges that President Tabare Vazquez will face?

  • Uruguayan president Jose Mujica


    Interviewed on Friday in Caracas by BBC World in Spanish, Mujica said that the deceased Venezuelan leader was “a friend” but being friends “does not mean smiling with affection” but rather “coming to the rescue at the same time as things get rough”.