Life in Uruguay
A highly urbanized country, with 80% of its population based in cities, Uruguay is known for its relatively high quality of life and well-developed education and social security systems.
It’s a popular destination for tourists, with towns like Punta del Diablo, Maldonado, Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento all pulling in the crowds – not to mention the 670km of magnificent coastline.
Meanwhile, for those who stay longer, Uruguay offers a quality of life generally considered to be among the highest in Latin America. A low crime rate, laidback lifestyle, and the absence of red tape all make it an attractive option, as does the relatively low cost of living.
Uruguayans are warm and friendly towards foreigners, and if you're in the mood to let your hair down, a stupendous nightlife awaits you.
Folk music, played on the guitar, accordion and drums, is also an integral part of Uruguayan life, and enriches the experience of those who visit the country.
Uruguayans love an afternoon siesta, so you’ll find another charming element of life here is the closure of shops and offices (which open as early as 7 or 8am) for a few hours in the early afternoon. This period of peace and quiet is something you’ll soon learn to appreciate!
Weather in Uruguay
Uruguay has a fairly consistent subtropical climate, with little in the way of regional variation. Extreme temperatures are also fairly rare (though seasons are pronounced), with temperatures ranging from 6-14°c in winter and 17°c-28c° in summer in the capital city.
Rainfall is generally distributed evenly throughout the year, and humidity levels are quite high. The nation’s climate does not vary extremely from one area to another.