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Fortaleza del Cerro – Montevideo, Uruguay  Atlas Obscura

Discover Fortaleza del Cerro in Montevideo, Uruguay: This historic fort overlooks Montevideo and appears on Uruguay's coat of arms.

Atlas Obscura
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 - News - 'Through Their Eyes': The inside story of Uruguay 2018  FIFA.com

On 1 December last year, Spain beat Mexico 2-1 to win the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018. Over the course of the three-week tournament, FIFA ...

Insider guide to Montevideo, Uruguay: best barbecues, boulevards and buildings  The Australian Financial Review

The daughter of a Uruguayan graphic artist, Brazil-based editor Thea Severino still calls Montevideo her second home. Here's her guide to the South American ...

The Australian Financial Review
Uruguay committed to "negotiated solution" to crisis in Venezuela: FM - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

MONTEVIDEO, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa on Tuesday reiterated his country's commitment to a "negotiated solution" to ...

Mausoleo de Artigas – Montevideo, Uruguay  Atlas Obscura

Discover Mausoleo de Artigas in Montevideo, Uruguay: The remains of Uruguayan hero José Artigas lie beneath a monument in Montevideo's main square.

Atlas Obscura
Uruguay defeats Chile in Americas Rugby matchup  Sport24

Joaquin Prada and Diego Magno scored tries to spark Uruguay over Chile to take the lead of the Americas Rugby Championship.

Uruguay Betting on Exports of Medical Marijuana  VOA News

Latin American country has been a pioneer in legalizing marijuana and now it hopes to become a leading exporter of medical variants of the drug.

VOA News
Guaranty Trusts for dairy sector in Uruguay's Notes Offering  Global Legal Chronicle

Posadas, Posadas & Vecino advised on the transaction. Guaranty Trusts for dairy sector in Uruguay executed ist offering of notes. Proceeds will be used to ...

Global Legal Chronicle
Khiron Life Sciences Corp (OTCMKTS:KHRNF) Now in Uruguay and Brazil  Insider Financial

Cannabis is turning into a global phenomenon and its growth is now not limited to the United States and Canada. Foreign markets have continued to adopt the ...

Insider Financial
On the Road to Uruguay’s Barely Known and Beautiful Beaches  The New York Times

This progressive country has long been off the radar for North Americans. But it has some of the best beaches in South America and discounts for foreign ...

The New York Times
Patagonia Gold records encouraging drill results at Uruguay mine | 13 February 2019  Stock Market Wire

StockMarketWire.com - Patagonia Gold said it had recorded encouraging drill results from its San Jose project in Uruguay. Seven holes had been drilled, with ...

Stock Market Wire
Uruguay's Guyer & Regules helps CAF subsidiary create trust  Latin Lawyer

Guyer & Regules has helped Administradora de Activos de Uruguay, an indirect subsidiary of CAF, structure a trust worth US$500 million that will finance ...

Latin Lawyer
Isabelino Gradín: the first black icon of Uruguayan football  These Football Times

Eduardo Galeano described Gradín as "a man who lifted people out of their seats when he erupted with speed, dominating the ball as if he were walking"

These Football Times
Polo: How to play one of Uruguay's most beloved sports  CNN

In January's edition of Winning Post, Aly Vance traveled to Uruguay to get a crash-course in one of South America's most beloved equestrian sports -- polo.

Despite Cannabis Legalization, Access To Legal CBD In Uruguay Is Challenging  Ministry of Hemp

Access to CBD in Uruguay remains difficult, despite the South American country's overall progressive leadership on cannabis law reform. December 2018 ...

Ministry of Hemp
Caricom meets with EU in Uruguay  Trinidad News

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, along with the rest of the Caricom delegation in Uruguay for talks on resolving the Venezuela crisis, yesterday met with Federica ...

Trinidad News
LA Galaxy sign Uruguay's Diego Polenta to bolster back line  Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Uruguayan defender Diego Polenta has signed with the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy announced the acquisition Thursday. Polenta, who ...

Associated Press
Fuente de los Candados – Montevideo, Uruguay  Atlas Obscura

Discover Fuente de los Candados in Montevideo, Uruguay: Where sweethearts leave their love locks in the Uruguayan capital.

Atlas Obscura
Venezuela's Guaido says Maduro trying to move public funds to Uruguay  Reuters

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Monday Nicolas Maduro's government was trying to move up to $1.2 billion from state development bank ...

Uruguay first up as Canada chases Americas Rugby Championship title  Times Colonist

Considering the history, it would be an understatement to call today's Canada-Uruguay rugby Test in Montevideo a grudge match. It kicks off the Americas ...

Times Colonist
The Latest: Mexico, Uruguay plan conference on Venezuela  Washington Post

CARACAS, Venezuela — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):. 6:30 p.m.. The governments of Mexico and Uruguay are calling for an ...

Washington Post
Lucas Torreira gets Uruguay shirt cake as Arsenal star celebrates birthday  Daily Mail

Torreira was treated to a lavish meal with his family and friends to mark the occasion on Monday evening and after eating his dinner, he was presented with the ...

Daily Mail
Winning Post goes to Uruguay: Latest show times  CNN

In January's Winning Post, Aly Vance delves into Uruguay's enduring love of horses. She attends the country's premier race, Ramirez Day -- otherwise known as ...

Rowley off to Uruguay  Trinidad News

THE Prime Minister was yesterday due to leave Trinidad until Friday to visit Uruguay. Dr Rowley will join a Caricom delegation that is set to attend an ...

Trinidad News
Canada loses to Uruguay 20-17 on last-minute play at Americas Rugby Championship  Times Colonist

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Theo Sauder had a try and kicked two points but Uruguay scored in the final minute of play to beat Canada 20-17 on Saturday to ...

Times Colonist
Brazil's Marfrig, Minerva Uruguay plants cleared to sell beef to Japan  Reuters

Brazilian food processors Marfrig Global Foods SA and Minerva SA said on Friday that all seven of their plants in Uruguay have been authorized to export *fresh* ...

Republic Of Uruguay - Announcement Of Tender Offer Results  PRNewswire

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Republic of Uruguay ("Uruguay") previously announced an offer to purchase for cash (the "Tender ...

Liverpool and United lead chase for Uruguay starlet  Liverpool FC

Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on Uruguay starlet Nicolas Acevedo, with scouts from Manchester United and Liverpool heading to watch the ...

Liverpool FC
Uruguay team was after Diego Fagundez, but Revolution held on to him  The Boston Globe

Fagundez, who is from Uruguay, still has a year remaining on his New England contract.

The Boston Globe
Whitecaps sign Uruguayan striker Joaquin Ardaiz to year-long loan  Times Colonist

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired striker Joaquin Ardaiz on a year-long loan from Swiss club FC Chiasso.Ardaiz is a 20-year-old from ...

Times Colonist
Chinese port sparks controversy in Uruguay | China Dialogue  chinadialogue

Residents oppose a fishing port that will harm marine biodiversity and swallow public land, reports Fermín Koop.

WORLD VIEW: Give Uruguay meeting a chance to bring settlement to Venezuela  Bahamas Tribune

THE Heads of Government of the independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who met by video conference on January 24 to ...

Bahamas Tribune
Uruguay diverges from Mercosur, aligns with Mexico on Venezuela crisis  Buenos Aires Times

Mexico and Uruguay have called on all those involved in Venezuela's ongoing crisis to urgently take de-escalation measures and pursue avenues for peaceful ...

Buenos Aires Times
Argentina qualify to U20 FIFA World Cup with win against Uruguay  mundoalbiceleste.com

Argentina have qualified for the U20 FIFA World Cup following a 2-1 win against Uruguay. The boys made it three wins out of four in the second stage of the ...

Uruguay defender Caceres joins Juventus for third time  SBS

The 31-year-old Caceres, capped 84 times, will join the Turin side for the third time in his career for a loan fee of 600000 euros (521242.03 pounds).

Uruguay reaping the rewards of early qualification  Rugby World Cup 2019

The Uruguayan national team faces a unique year, with ample competition leading towards Rugby World Cup 2019. Coach Esteban Meneses gives his thoughts ...

Rugby World Cup 2019
Barca set to swoop for prolific Uruguayan Stuani - media  SBS

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona are targeting Uruguay forward Cristhian Stuani of fellow Catalan side Girona as their number one target in the January ...

Uruguay Gets International Shoot Rebates, Extra National Production Aid  Variety

Uruguay becomes South America's third country to launch international shoot cash rebates, after Colombia and Chile.

Uruguay loses momentum in the marijuana legalization stakes  EL PAIS

Uruguay was a pioneer in legalizing marijuana. In July 2017, the Ministry of Public Health started selling small five-gram bags for €5.25, making it the first ...

Brazil 1-0 Uruguay: Neymar penalty secures friendly win in London  BBC Sport

A controversial Neymar penalty earns Brazil victory against Uruguay in a fiercely contested friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

BBC Sport
In Sundrenched Uruguayan Drama 'The Sharks,' a Teen Girl Navigates Romantic Disappointment  Remezcla

Read our review of the Sundance award winner from director Lucia Garibaldi.

Uruguay rejects former Peru president's asylum request  Reuters

LIMA (Reuters) - Uruguay on Monday rejected a request for asylum from former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, who is currently under investigation in his home ...

Uruguay passes law granting rights to trans people  14 News WFIE Evansville

Uruguay's Congress has approved a law that guarantees rights to the South American country's transgender community.

14 News WFIE Evansville
How a Uruguayan town revolutionised the way we eat  BBC News

Located on the banks of the Uruguay River and named after a 17th-Century hermit, the sleepy town of Fray Bentos produced one of the most influential food ...

BBC News
Correction: Uruguay-G20 Summit-US story  Fox News

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – In a story Nov. 14 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Uruguayan lawmakers had given final approval to a ...

Fox News
France Rolls Past Uruguay and Heads to World Cup Semifinals  New York Times

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — France's players and coaches had spent the buildup to the team's World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay talking up their ...

New York Times
Image: Uruguay River wetlands  Phys.Org

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us along the lower reaches of the brown, sediment-rich Uruguay River. Here, the river forms the border between ...

Uruguay vs. Portugal - Football Match Report - June 30, 2018  ESPN

Two goals from Edinson Cavani earned Uruguay a place in the World Cup quarterfinals as they ended the dreams of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal with a 2-1 ...

France's 'half-Uruguayan' Antoine Griezmann set for emotional QF vs. friend Diego Godin  ESPN

Antoine Griezmann has no Uruguayan blood in him but his love for the country and two of its stars adds special meaning to France's quarterfinal.

Uruguay Wins World Cup Group A With Romp Over Russia  New York Times

Uruguay won Group A at the World Cup with its third straight shutout of the tournament, beating host Russia, 3-0 in Samara. Both teams had already clinched ...

New York Times
Defense makes Brazil and Uruguay dangerous entering World Cup quarterfinals  The Washington Post

Much of the conversation around Brazil centers on its dynamic attack. Neymar and Philippe Coutinho have received most of the praise — and deservedly so, ...

The Washington Post
How Uruguay became the World Cup’s little country that could  The Washington Post

MOSCOW — Your country is the size of Missouri. With a baby boom, your population might catch Connecticut's. Your neighbors are the largest in South America, ...

The Washington Post
US threatens trans rights while Uruguay massively expands them  Quartz

A new Uruguayan law would pay for surgeries, as well as reparations for trans people persecuted during the country's dictatorship.

Legislation restricts research in Uruguay  Science Magazine

Uruguay has shown steady economic growth in the past decade (1), which has benefited its citizens but led to environmental degradation such as widespread ...

Science Magazine
Ex-Peru president seeks Uruguay asylum following travel ban  Al Jazeera English

Alan Garcia seeks asylum hours after being barred from leaving the country pending a corruption probe.

Al Jazeera English
How Much Do You Know About Uruguay?  New York Times

Visit our Country of the Week collection to find more geography and culture quizzes based on New York Times reporting. Click or tap on Uruguay. A. B. C. D ...

New York Times
Tour match: Cardiff Blues 45-21 Uruguay  BBC Sport

Uruguay lost against a reserve Cardiff Blues side at a rain-soaked Arms Park on Tuesday night. Wales will face Los Teros in Pool D at the 2019 Rugby World ...

BBC Sport
Tie-breakers for Uruguay 2018 groups  FIFA.com

FIFA.com looks at all of the tie-breaker scenarios heading into the final group stage matchday at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.

Fray Bentos: a town in Uruguay – not just a meat pie  The Guardian

The sleepy riverside town was once home to the food brand that began in 1863 and the industrial landscape is now a world heritage site.

The Guardian
Hundreds of US troops on alert in Uruguay to protect Trump at G20  Fox News

Some 1000 American troops and aircraft based in Uruguay are on alert to protect President Trump embarking to the G20 summit in Argentina this week.

Fox News
Guide to Uruguay's remarkable food scene: Food & Drink Photo Gallery by 10Best.com  USA Today 10Best

Uruguay appeals to chefs and foodies in a primal way though the elements fire, water and earth. From Parrilla to Provolone, here's what to eat in Montevideo, ...

USA Today 10Best
Antoine Griezmann to be honoured in Uruguay capital of Montevideo after World Cup gestures for France  ESPN

Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, wants to honour Antoine Griezmann by declaring the France international an "illustrious visitor" of their city following the ...

Bareman: You can feel football in the air in Uruguay  FIFA.com

With just hours to go before the big kick-off, the opening press conference of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup took place on Monday 12 November at the ...

World champion France beats Uruguay to cap successful year  Sportsnet.ca

Olivier Giroud scored from the penalty spot for France as the world champion beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly match on Tuesday to conclude an exceptional year ...

Unions, Activists Oppose Entry of US Troops into Uruguay for G20 Summit  NewsClick

The bill permitting the entry of troops to 'protect' US president Donal Trump was passed in the Uruguayan Senate on November 13. Unions and civil society ...

Brazil Announce Squad For Uruguay & Cameroon Clashes  Soccer Laduma

Brazil coach Tite has announced his squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon.

Soccer Laduma
Little Uruguay punches above weight - yet again  Reuters

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - With similar accents and culture, there is little that annoys your average Uruguayan more than being mistaken for an ...

Luis Suarez Goal Enough for Uruguay to Eliminate Saudi Arabia  The New York Times

Saudi Arabia avoided another embarrassing shellacking but lost to Uruguay, 1-0, Wednesday in Rostov, Russia. The result eliminated both Saudi Arabia and ...

The New York Times
FIFA takes control of Uruguay federation amid World Cup bid  Miami Herald

FIFA has taken temporary control of the Uruguayan soccer federation because of governance concerns as the country campaigns with Argentina and Paraguay ...

Miami Herald
Mexico vs. Uruguay - Football Match Report - September 7, 2018  ESPN

Luis Suarez scored twice and added an assist as Uruguay beat Mexico 4-1 in Houston on Friday. Both teams started lineups that featured several veterans from ...

Uruguay 2018 squads revealed  FIFA.com

With just eight days to go before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018 gets under way in Uruguay, we now know the players who be will taking part in the ...

Uruguay hoping France's Antoine Griezmann 'remembers he is half-Uruguayan'  ESPN

Uruguay's players urged France's Antoine Griezmann to remember his links and affection for their country ahead of Friday's World Cup quarterfinal.

Mexico is not Uruguay or Canada. Before pot legalization, we must consider our violent reality.  The Washington Post

While Canada and Uruguay can be free to experiment, the gravity of Mexico's circumstances forbids us to do so.

The Washington Post
Private equity strikes back against Uruguay  Axios

Three private equity execs were once jailed over a failed privatization in Uruguay.

Why Uruguay is South America's best-kept secret  TTG

Often overlooked in favour of its big-hitting neighbours Brazil and Argentina, Sarah Gilbert finds Uruguay's rural wine regions, laid-back beach resorts and ...

South America’s World Cup is over but Uruguay are an example to everyone  The Guardian

Uruguay were eliminated in the quarter-finals in Russia but their approach to football – and life – should be applauded.

The Guardian
Brooke Garnett's 27-day Itinerary Around Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay  Travel+Leisure

Brooke Garnett, a member of the Travel + Leisure A-List, highlights the types of itineraries she develops. Here, she plans 27 days in Argentina, Chile.

Uruguay Cannabis Firm Eyes IPO, New Investors to Fund Expansion  Bloomberg

Uruguayan medical cannabis company Cannapur is considering filing an initial public offering or tapping private investors in the first half of next year to fund a ...

'I was given photos of the foetus': abortion stigma lingers in pioneering Uruguay  The Guardian

The country has much to celebrate as Latin America's most progressive on reproductive rights, but the process of getting a termination can still be long and ...

The Guardian
Uruguay marijuana legalization leads to pot shortage as demand outpaces farmers  CBS News

Contrary to U.S., experts say Uruguay's licensed growers only have capacity to produce about a third of the marijuana consumed in the country.

CBS News
Will Uruguay Be the Next South American Country to Pivot Right?  World Politics Review

Uruguay’s left-leaning ruling coalition faces challengers on the right who promise a clean-up and a crackdown. With under a year until elections in ...

World Politics Review
Peru ex-president seeks asylum in Uruguay  JURIST

Peru's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Sunday confirming that the former president Alan García requested political asylum in the Uruguayan ...

Uruguay’s record-setting economic growth streak  The Economist

AFTER long recessions, Brazil and Argentina still cheer when good economic news comes out. In tiny Uruguay, sandwiched between them, it is old hat.

The Economist
José Giménez’s late show snatches victory for Uruguay over Egypt  The Guardian

José Giménez's 89th-minute header secured a 1-0 victory for Uruguay in their opening World Cup Group A game against Egypt.

The Guardian
World Cup 2018: Saying goodbye to Uruguay, a brilliant, villainous side  SB Nation

It was, from all possible angles, a terrible shame. Antoine Greizmann's shot was optimistic, but Fernando Muslera's rabbit-punch was weak, and the ball ...

SB Nation
Antoine Griezmann welcome in Uruguay - president Tabare Vazquez  ESPN

Uruguay president Tabare Vazquez says it would be "an honour" to receive Antoine Griezmann to his official residence in Montevideo, as an appreciation of the ...

Cannabis stocks boosted by Aurora’s acquisition of Uruguay-based ICC Labs  MarketWatch

Cannabis stocks rallied across the board on Monday, buoyed by news of the latest deal in the sector and excitement ahead of full legalization of the substance in ...

The Uruguayan Government Has Passed One of the Most Progressive Trans Rights Bills the World Has Seen  Remezcla

In Uruguay, the government is moving toward true parity. Last week, the Uruguayan congress passed a groundbreaking law giving the transgender community ...

Luis Suarez in Uruguay squad to face Mexico Edinson Cavani rested  ESPN

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is the leading light in the 20-man Uruguay squad to face Mexico in an international friendly in Houston on Sept. 7. One of the ...

Uruguay's mate gets a makeover, with cannabis  FRANCE 24

Montevideo (AFP). Laid-back Uruguay has long been synonymous with herb-infused mate tea, and more recently became the world's first country to legalize ...

Situation of the Uruguayan Football Association  FIFA.com

On 21 August 2018, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided to appoint, with immediate effect, a normalisation committee for the Uruguayan Football Association ...

Uruguay's potential driving Oscar Washington Tabarez, 71, to another World Cup tilt  ESPN

Uruguay has the raw material to be a contender for the 2022 World Cup. That's why veteran boss Oscar Washington Tabarez won't retire anytime soon.

Óscar Tabárez: unbowed by illness and adding beauty to Uruguay’s grit  The Guardian

Óscar Tabárez, the Uruguay manager, cannot walk unaided because of 'a chronic neuropathy' but it does not impinge on his work with the players.

The Guardian
Uruguay: Soccer’s Dead Poets Society  The Wall Street Journal

Óscar Tabárez, the man they call Maestro, has found World Cup success by running Uruguay like a boarding school.

The Wall Street Journal
‘A Twelve-Year Night,’ Uruguay’s Oscar Candidate, Wins Top Prize in Cairo  Variety

The rebooted Cairo Film Festival has wrapped with the event's top prize going to “A Twelve-Year Night,” Uruguay's candidate for the Oscars.

Leptospirosis strains identified in Uruguay cattle  Science Daily

Leptospirosis infections, caused by Leptospira bacteria, occur in people and animals around the world, but different strains of the bacteria may vary in their ...

Science Daily
On course for continued growth  FIFA.com

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 served as the ideal context for a new FIFA Regional Course for Women's Football, held in Montevideo from ...

No apologies from Uruguay after two tedious wins  RTE.ie

Uruguay have still not delivered a top performance at the World Cup despite winning both of their games but their players were in no mood for apologies about ...

Uruguay vs. Russia - Football Match Report - June 25, 2018  ESPN

Get a report of the Uruguay vs. Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group Stage football match.

Finding La Bohème in José Ignacio, Uruguay  Condé Nast Traveler

Three decades ago, when Alan Faena decided to buy a plot of barren land along a remote stretch of coastline near the village of José Ignacio, Uruguay, his ...

Condé Nast Traveler

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Uruguay ( (listen); Spanish pronunciation: [uɾuˈɣwai]), officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay (Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay), is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata (River of Silver) to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay is home to an estimated 3.44 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname.Uruguay was inhabited by the Charrúa people for approximately 4,000 years before the Portuguese established Colonia del Sacramento in 1680; Uruguay was colonized by Europeans relatively late compared with neighboring countries. Montevideo was founded as a military stronghold by the Spanish in the early 18th century, signifying the competing claims over the region. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Spain, Portugal, and later Argentina and Brazil. It remained subject to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 19th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics.A series of economic crises put an end to a democratic period that had begun in the early 20th century, culminating in a 1973 coup, which established a civic-military dictatorship. The military government persecuted leftists, socialists, and political opponents, resulting in several deaths and numerous instances of torture by the military; the military relinquished power to a civilian government in 1985. Uruguay is today a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government.Uruguay is ranked first in Latin America in democracy, peace, low perception of corruption, e-government, and is first in South America when it comes to press freedom, size of the middle class and prosperity. On a per-capita basis, Uruguay contributes more troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions than any other country. It tops the rank of absence of terrorism, a unique position within South America. It ranks second in the region on economic freedom, income equality, per-capita income and inflows of FDI. Uruguay is the third-best country on the continent in terms of HDI, GDP growth, innovation and infrastructure. It is regarded as a high-income country by the UN. Uruguay was also ranked the third-best in the world in e-Participation in 2014.Uruguay is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk. Nearly 95% of Uruguay's electricity comes from renewable energy, mostly hydroelectric facilities and wind parks. Uruguay is a founding member of the United Nations, OAS, Mercosur, UNASUR and NAM.Uruguay is regarded as one of the most socially advanced, outstanding regionally, and ranking highly on global measures of personal rights, tolerance, and inclusion issues. The Economist named Uruguay "country of the year" in 2013, acknowledging the policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.