General Information

National name             : República Oriental del Uruguay

Land area                    : 67,035 sq mi (173,621 sq km); total area: 68,039 sq mi (176,220 sq km)

Population (2007 est.)  : 3,447,496 (growth rate: 0.4%); birth rate: 13.7/1000; infant mortality rate: 11.3/1000; life expectancy: 76.5; density per sq mi: 51

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Montevideo, 1,745,100 (metro. area), 1,347,600 (city proper)

Monetary unit             : Uruguay peso

Languages                 : Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero

Ethnicity/race             : White 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%

Religions                   : Roman Catholic 66%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%

Literacy rate             : 98% (2003 est.)

Economic summary  : GDP/PPP (2005 est.): $54.58 billion; per capita $16,000. Real growth rate: 6.1%. Inflation: 4.9%.

   Uruguay, on the east coast of South America south of Brazil and east of Argentina. The country consists of a low, rolling plain in the south and a low plateau in the north. It has a 120-mile (193 km) Atlantic shoreline, a 235-mile (378 km) frontage on the Rio de la Plata, and 270 mi (435 km) on the Uruguay River, its western boundary.

  Prior to European settlement, Uruguay was inhabited by indigenous people, the Charrúas. Juan Díaz de Solis, a Spaniard, visited Uruguay in 1516, but the Portuguese were first to settle it when they founded the town of Colonia del Sacramento in 1680. After a long struggle, Spain wrested the country from Portugal in 1778, by which time almost all of the indigenous people had been exterminated. Uruguay revolted against Spain in 1811, only to be conquered in 1817 by the Portuguese from Brazil. Independence was reasserted with Argentine help in 1825, and the republic was set up in 1828.

Islamic History and Muslims

The statistics for Islam in Uruguay estimate a total Muslim population of 500, representing 0.01 percent of the population. There are two Islamic centers in Canelones and Montevideo. While there are no mosques, the Egyptian embassy in Monteviedeo provides a room for friday prayers.

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Centro Islamico del Uruguay Centro Islamico del Uruguay
Pablo de Maria 1415,
Montevideo, Uruguay 11200, URUGUAY
It´s an organization dedicated to help other muslim people who come to Uruguay, teach Islam and make it known for the society. FROM TODAY WE HAVE THE PLEASURE OF COMMUNICATE TO YOU THAT WE HAVE NEW ARABIC COURSES, open for inscription!!
Muslims of Greenland Muslims of Greenland
Vidaurreta n 1063, La Teja,
Montevideo, , URUGUAY


Egyptian Islamic Center Egyptian Islamic Center
Baltasar Vargas 1178,
Montevideo, Uruguay 11300, URUGUAY
Arabic Classes,Cultural Events,
Islamic center of Uruguay Islamic center of Uruguay
Roosvelt 618 - Piso 3 - Dto. 7 Las Piedras,
Canelones, , URUGUAY
Cursos De Árabe Cursos De Árabe
Luis Alberto de Herrera 1189 ap 001, Montevideo, 11200, URUGUAY
Classes of Arabic language

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information

Islam in Uruguay ( , June, 2008).
Info please (, June, 2008).
Islam Finder (, June, 2008).
World Religions Statistics ( , June 2008.
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Uruguay, June 2008.