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The country Uruguay is named after the Uruguay River. The Guaraní word 'Uruguay' means "river of the painted birds"
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Uruguay's National Anthem is world's longest national anthem in terms of duration. The "National Anthem of Uruguay", also known by its first line "Orientales, la Patria o la Tumba" ('Orientals, our nation or the grave'), has eleven verses, each followed by the chorus, 105 bars of music and lasts about five minutes when played in full. Normally, only one verse and the chorus are sung.
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The National Anthem of Uruguay was written by Francisco Acuña de Figuero. He also wrote the national anthem of Paraguay
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Uruguay inhabitants refer to themselves as 'orientals' (people from the east) to reflect their position - east of the Uruguay river. So, the official name of Uruguay is 'The Oriental Republic of Uruguay'

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Uruguay is the second-smallest South American country (after Suriname); most of the low-lying landscape (three-quarters of the country) is grassland, ideal for cattle and sheep raising. Often called the Switzerland of South America for a stable democracy and social benefits such as free education, Uruguay also has a coast likened to the Riviera.
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Till date, Uruguay won two gold medals in Summer Olympics. It won football gold medals at 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
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Uruguay is the first country in the world to legalise the marijuana trade
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The ‘Chivito’ is Uruguay’s favourite food item. It's made with two thick slices of bread, a slice of beef, a slice of ham, a slice of bacon, a hard boiled egg, some mozzarella cheese and tomatos/olivesfor seasoning
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In Uruguay, cows outnumber people by three to one
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About three quarters of the country is grassland.
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Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century established widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.
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