On 25 August 1825, following a short period of rebellion, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. This instigated the Argentina- Brazil War. The conflict lasted until August 1828, when the British negotiated a resolution that led to Brazil recognising Uruguay's independence.
To celebrate the independence of Uruguay, here are some interesting facts about Uruguay.
Uruguay's national anthem lasts more than five minutes and is the world's longest, though generally only the first verse and chorus are sung.
Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside the tropics, being south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, only Suriname is smaller.
The name Uruguay comes from the river Uruguay and means 'river of painted birds.'
The first ever FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930.
Uruguay's capital is Montevideo. It is also the largest city in the country with half of the entire population living here.
In Uruguay, there is no official religion. Roman Catholicism is the most predominant with around 48% of the population following this religion.
Almost 95% of the electricity in Uruguay is generated from renewable resources, mainly from wind farms.
Montevideo is the third most southerly capital city in the world. Only Wellington (New Zealand) and Canberra (Australia) are further south.
Uruguay used to play Test Cricket. English sailors introduced cricket to Uruguay in the 19th century. There was a Test side which played Argentina many times between 1868 and World War II.
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