Montevideo is the capital for the Oriental Republic of Uruguay–South America’s second smallest nation after Suriname.
Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Survey for cities ranks Montevideo in 78th place–the highest overall ranking for any South American city for quality of life. The annual survey compares 230 cities from around the globe based on 39 factors including political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public service factors. Montevideo is its continent’s most highly rated city on the personal safety factor. New York City is used as the benchmark for all comparisons.
Uruguay ranks among the 95 top exporters, shipping an estimated US$7 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016.
Highest-value Uruguayan exports include beef, soya beans, timber, rice, milk, malt, cheese, leather, wool and wheat according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Montevideo, Uruguay: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia), Salvo Palace (Palacio Salvo), Centenario Stadium, Carnival Museum and the Matriz Cathedral (Catedral Matriz)
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Montevideo, Uruguay:
- Diego Forlán, soccer player/footballer (born May 19, 1979)
- Gabe Saporta, pop singer (born Oct. 11, 1979)
- Natalia Oreiro, actress & singer (born May 19, 1977)
- Barbara Mori, model & actress (born Feb. 2, 1978)
- Gus Poyet, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 15, 1967)
- Cristina Peri Rossi, novelist & poet (born Nov. 12, 1941)
- Jose Mujica, former president (born May 20, 1935)
- Diego Perez, soccer player/footballer (born May 18, 1980)
- Jorge Drexler, Oscar-winning songwriter (born Sep. 21, 1964)
- Enzo Francescoli, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 12, 1961)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Montevideo resident: Montevidean
Population: 1,707,000 (Montevideo)
Density: 14,225 people per square mile (5,492 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,351,016 (Uruguay)
Density: 50 people per square mile (19 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$73.9 billion as of October 2016 (for Uruguay, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $21,570
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Montevideo were unavailable.
Official currency used in Montevideo: Uruguayan peso
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on February 24, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on February 24, 2017
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CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on February 24, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on February 24, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 24, 2017
Mercer, Western European Cities Top Quality Of Living Ranking ‒ Mercer . Accessed on February 24, 2017
Official Government Website, Municipality of Montevideo. Accessed on February 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 16, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Accessed on February 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Montevideo. Accessed on February 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Uruguay. Accessed on February 24, 2017
Montevideo’s land area, including its city core plus surrounding villages and town, measures 120 square miles (311 square kilometers). The people count for Montevideo was an estimated 1.3 million residents in 2015.
On a national scale, Uruguay’s population is approximately 3.4 million inhabitants–scarcely twice that for its capital city. Yet Uruguay’s land area of 67,574 square miles (175,015 square kilometers) is over 500 times greater than Montevideo’s area.
Population density is almost 300 times higher within Uruguay’s capital city, with an average 14,200 Montevideans per square mile (5,500 per square kilometer).
From the overall country perspective, Uruguay’s density diminishes significantly averaging a mere 50 people per square mile (19 per square kilometer).
Uruguay broke free from Brazil on August 25, 1825. Residents celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each August 25.