Uruguay Independence Day

August 25, 2012 by  

Uruguay Independence Day, Today is the National Day of Uruguay. A country on the southeastern coast of South America, Uruguay is located between Brazil and Argentina. It is the second smallest country in South America, after Suriname. The capital and largest city of Uruguay is Montevideo.

Uruguay was a part of the colonial empire of Spain in the Americas until the early 1800s. After a brief period of Portuguese rule, Uruguay became an independent nation in 1828.

The economy of Uruguay is in the export industry. In 2005, it was the first exporter of software in South America. Agricultural exports, which account for around 9.3% of Gross Domestic Product, are soybeans, horsemeat, beeswax, quinces, natural honey, and cattle meat.

Uruguay has the 52nd highest Human Development Index (HDI) in the world and is ranked first in the Caribbean and Latin America for HDI adjusted for inequality (HDI-I). It is also ranked as the most livable and greenest country in the world and was the first country to provide every school child with a free laptop and Internet in 2009.

We greet the people and government of Uruguay led by Their Excellencies, President Jose Mujica Cordano, Vice President Danilo Astori Saragoza, Minister of Foreign Relations Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes, Minister of Tourism Hector Lescano, and its Consulate in the Philippines headed by Consul Alfred V. Ty, on the occasion of its Independence Day. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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