Top 5 People Groups
White Uruguayan: 2,604,000
Mestizo Uruguayan: 86,000
In terms of land area, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. It is situated between Brazil and Argentina and borders the Atlantic Ocean. Over half of its population of 3.3 million people resides in and around the capital, Montevideo.
The Spanish arrived in modern-day Uruguay in 1516. During the next century Spain and Portugal battled for control of the area. Uruguay won its independence from Spain in 1828. Apart from a military regime between 1973 and 1985, the nation has enjoyed a long tradition of democracy and civil liberties.
Uruguay is considered the most secular state in South America. Separation of church and state was instituted in 1918. While Catholics make up 55 percent of the population, only 2.3 percent attend Mass, according to Operation World. About 3.7 percent are listed as Protestants. Since the late 1990s, growth of evangelical churches, particularly Pentecostal, has increased. In recent years New Age spirituality and Afro-Brazilian Spiritism have influenced society.
An estimated 88 percent of Uruguayans are of European descent, mostly due to immigrants from Italy and Spain in the 19th and 20th centuries. Few direct descendants of the indigenous people groups remain.
Christian Aid supports native mission groups who are spreading evangelical churches throughout Uruguay as well as seeing to the needs of the poor.
Recent Prayerline Posts
URUGUAY. For over 50 years the Bible Army of Uruguay has shared the love of Christ by providing free medical services, eyeglasses, and wheelchairs. Workers are asking the Lord to provide 300 Bibles ($11 each) for their outreaches. ...
URUGUAY. For more than 50 years, Bible Army of Uruguay has shared the love of Christ and pointed people to the cross. Pray that as they provide free medical services and supplies, such as eyeglasses and wheel chairs, people will respond to the gospel. ...
In 1921 Ismael Gimenez Cremasco was born, and while still an infant, he was stricken with polio.
The doctors predicted he would die, but he survived, even though his legs were hopelessly twisted and paralyzed. Fourteen years of this handicap left Ismael a hardened and embittered young man. Read more.