2014 PUNTA DEL ESTE MARATHON, URUGUAY: 4:46:40 (2014-09-21)


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Capital: Montevideo

Population: 3.4 million

Currency: Uruguayan peso (UYU)


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Famous people from Uruguay:

Diego Forlán (soccer), Jose Andrade (soccer), Enzo Francescoli (soccer), Alfredo Evangelista (boxer), Luis Suárez (soccer), Edinson Cavani (soccer)

Fun facts about Uruguay:

The full name of Uruguay is Republica Oriental del Uruguay, which means Oriental Republic of Uruguay. The name of the country has been derived from a Guarani word, which when translated means “river of painted birds”.

A staggering 88% of the Uruguayans are European descendants, which is very high as compared to quite a number of other Latin-American countries. This is due to the fact that Uruguay received a number of European immigrants from Spain and Italy during the 19th and 20th century.

Uruguay has a coastline of about 500 kilometers, which offers some of the most beautiful and scenic beaches. Most of the good beaches are located towards the north of the coast, on the Atlantic Ocean.

The people of Uruguay life a healthy lifestyle. The infant mortality rate is around 13.9/1000, which is very low and life expectancy at birth is 75.2 years. This is the highest in South America.

Uruguay also has one of the highest grades of literacy in Latin America. The official figures state that the rate of literacy in the country is around 97%.

As per Transparency International, Uruguay is rated as the least corrupt country in Latin America, along with Chile.

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