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Montevideo (Spanish pronunciation: [monteβiˈðe.o]) is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108 (about one-third of the country's total population) in an area of 194.0 square kilometres (74.9 sq mi). The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata. The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. It was also under brief British rule in 1807. Montevideo hosted all the matches during the first FIFA World Cup. Montevideo is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs, position that entailed comparisons to the role of Brussels in Europe. Montevideo has consistently been rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America: by 2015 has held this rank every year during the last decade. As of 2010, Montevideo was the 19th largest city economy in the continent and 9th highest income earner among major cities. In 2015, it has a GDP of $ 40.5 billion, and a per capita of $24,400. It is classified as a Beta World City, ranking seventh in Latin America and 73rd in the world. Described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life", and "a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture", Montevideo ranks 8th in Latin America on the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. By 2014, is also regarded as the tenth most gay-friendly city in the world, first in Latin America. It is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay as well as its chief port. The city is also the financial and cultural hub of a larger metropolitan area, with a population of around 2 million.


Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay, the city is situated in South America, on east bank of Rio de la Plata and is the capital city of South America’s southernmost region.

Montevideo was found in the year 1724, as before it was known as Ciudad Viejas.

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Facts and Stats for Montevideo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Montevideo

    Know the pollution level of Montevideo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.89 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 56.62 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.03 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 78.13 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 83.87 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Montevideo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Montevideo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Montevideo.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.63 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 63.25 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 63.1 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 53.35 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 69.51 (High)
    • Attacks 48.49 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 63.39 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 65.66 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 29.88 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 40.06 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.69 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.28 (High)
  • Living in Montevideo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Montevideo is 109.06 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 44.11 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 97.87 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 57.76 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.32 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.37 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 62.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 18.18 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 35.79 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Montevideo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Montevideo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 55.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 106.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 91.43 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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