ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN URUGUAY
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.
Muslim Owned Business