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Uruguay

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Population:

3,477,778 (2008)

Land area:

173,620 sq. km.

Capital:

Montevideo (pop: 1,330,440; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Uruguay ranked 46th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 78th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $5,827.86. Public debt accounts for 64.8 percent of total GDP, while 27.4 percent of Uruguayans are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Spanish

Monkey's name:

El Mono (El Moh-noh)

Fun fact:

Football-mad Uruguay was the host of the first World Cup, in 1930. The hosts became the first World Champions that year, beating Argentina 4-2. Uruguay won the Cup again 20 years later, upsetting hosts Brasil 2-1 in the mammoth MaracanĂ¡ Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. In the 2010 Cup in South Africa, Uruguay showed its footballing prowess once again, reaching the semi-finals, where the team lost to the Netherlands.

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