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Country Information

Location:  Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil
Geographic Coordinates:   33 00 S, 56 00 W
Area:   176,215 sq km (land: 175,015 sq km water: 1,200 sq km)
Climate:  Warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknown
Languages:  Spanish (official), Portunol, Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)
Population:  3,332,972 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Montevideo
Religion:  Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1% (2006)
Ethnic Groups:  White 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%, Amerindian (practically nonexistent)
Independence:  25 August 1825 (from Brazil)

Source:  CIA Factbook