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Uruguay

Uruguay

Uruguay is located in the southeastern part of South America, bordered by Brazil to the north, by Argentina across the bank of both the Uruguay River to the west and the estuary of Río de la Plata to the southwest, and the South Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.  It is the second smallest country in South America, larger only than Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana. It is home to 3.46 million people, of whom 1.7 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area.

Uruguay has an impressive legacy of artistic and literary traditions, especially for its small size. Tourism, one of Uruguay's major enterprises, enjoys government support. The state owns many hotels along the coast, especially in the area of Punta del Este, 145 km (90 mi) east of Montevideo and one of the more sophisticated resorts in South America. Tourism, one of Uruguay's major enterprises, enjoys government support. The state owns many hotels along the coast, especially in the area of Punta del Este, 90 miles east of Montevideo. One of the more sophisticated resorts in South America, it is often compared to St. Tropez. Montevideo has been promoted as the "city of roses" because of its many parks and gardens. José Ignacio, a small village on the southern coast of Uruguay is also growing in popularity, much to the chagrin of celebrities who frequented this once sleepy little fishing village to escape the paparazzi in Punta del Este.

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