The ethnic composition of the population is 90 percent European (predominantly Spanish and Italian), and 6 percent of the people are partly of Native American descent.
Africans, 4 percent of the population, mainly in Montevideo, were imported as slaves to work in the ports, in the processing of meat and hides, and as servants. The prevalent language is a variety of Spanish known as Rioplatense or Platellano .
Along the Brazilian border, a local dialect called portuñol or brasilero is spoken. English has influenced the language of technology and the slang used by young people. The color sky-blue ( celeste ) is a powerful symbol that represents freedom and independence.
It is present in the four horizontal stripes of the flag that alternate with five white ones (a sun with a face in the upper corner also symbolizes independence).
It is also the color worn by the national soccer team.
Soccer is the national sport and occupies a central place in the life of the nation.
The Senate and House of Representatives of Uruguay meeting in the General Assembly, Decree Article 1. Echegoyen President Jose Pastor Salvanach Secretary Read the official text of the decree at the web site of the Uruguayan parliament.In rural areas, gauchesco/criollo, the creole dialect spoken by the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gauchos, is still influential.Gauchesco has been preserved in literature, music, and jokes, and is part of the national identity.The convention takes effect for: a) taxes withheld at source, for amounts paid or credited on or after 1 January 2017 b) other taxes, for taxable periods (and in the case of UK Corporation Tax, financial years) beginning on or after the 1 January 2017 Notwithstanding the provisions in a) and b) above, the provisions of: a) Article 21 (Capital) of this convention shall not take effect unless the Contracting States so agree through an exchange of diplomatic notes b) Article 25 (Mutual agreement procedure) and Article 26 (Exchange of information) effective from 14 November 2016, without regard to the taxable period to which the matter relates Tax Information Exchange Agreement: Uruguay - exchange of information The UK-Uruguay Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) was signed in London on 14 October 2013. The name Oriental Republic of Uruguay República Oriental del Uruguay, derives from the fact that the country lies east of the Uruguay River, a major tributary of the Rio de la Plata estuary.