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Atlas Uruguay

Country (long form)
Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Capital
Montevideo
Total Area
68,038.92 sq mi
176,220.00 sq km
Population
3,334,074 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
4,499,457
Languages
Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)
Literacy
97.3% total, 96.9% male, 97.7% female (1995 est.)
Religions
Roman Catholic 66% (less than one-half of the adult population attends church regularly), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, nonprofessing or other 30%
Life Expectancy
71.9 male, 78.75 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
republic
Currency
1 Uruguayan peso ($Ur) = 100 centesimos
GDP (per capita)
$8,500 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
agriculture N/A%, industry N/A%, services N/A%
Industry
food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beverages
Agriculture
wheat, rice, barley, corn, sorghum; livestock; fish
Arable Land
7%
Exports
meat, rice, leather products, vehicles, dairy products, wool, electricity
Imports
road vehicles, electrical machinery, metal manufactures, heavy industrial machinery, crude petroleum
Natural Resources
arable land, hydropower, minor minerals, fisheries
Current Environmental Issues
water pollution from meat packing/tannery industry; inadequate solid/hazardous waste disposal
Telephones (main lines in use)
622,000 (1995)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
40,000 (1995)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
5 (1999)