Progressive. Stable. Developed. Perhaps not words that come to mind first when you think about Uruguay, but definitely terms that apply to this small, South American country. 

It is the least corrupt country in South America and since the last dictator left in 1985, the country has made incredible progress. It’s ranked first in the region for democracy, peace, quality of living and lack of corruption. The press is free, people feel secure and things are looking great in terms of future developments. 

Uruguay’s president donates 90% of his salary to charity and the government provided all students in the country with a laptop and free Internet. It was also the first country in South America to establish a welfare state. 

But there are more reasons to consider calling Uruguay your next home. The climate is very friendly and extreme weather is rare. Public transport is well organised, people are friendly, it’s quiet and local produce is often organic. People live a healthy lifestyle and appreciate their diverse and beautiful environment. The official language is Spanish and people generally don’t speak English or other languages so learning the language is definitely a must. 

Education is highly valued in Uruguay and it is the best-educated nation on the continent with the highest literacy rate. Business culture will quickly reveal itself at work, where it is common for people to touch each other’s shoulders or arms when they talk and stand close to each other. Meetings are generally very formal but rarely start on time. 

Uruguay Residency

Uruguay offers two types of residence permits to immigrants; a temporary and a permanent version. 

The required documents for the application have to be submitted in person, so applying before entering the country is not possible. 

Having a job and a contract before moving to the country is also not required and immigrants can stay as long as they want once they have found a job and are able to prove they can afford to live in the country. 

The entire process of the application is in Spanish and information about the application procedure is available on the government’s website, also in Spanish. 

Here are some of the ways to live in Uruguay:

Through your Family:

  • If your spouse is a citizen of Uruguay, you are eligible for permanent residence. Please note that the status of your spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Youth Mobility Visa:

  • If you are an Australian, French or New Zealand citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.

GDP Per Capita
$14,450  (Rank: 49)
Disposable Income
$863  (Rank: 78)
Life Expectancy
77.00  (Rank: 43)
Education Index
71.00%  (Rank: 61)
Corruption Index
71%  (Rank: 21)
Murders Per Year
199  (Rank: 93)
Crime Index
51.64  (Rank: 86)
Environmental Protection
53.61%  (Rank: 70)
Gender Equality
68.10%  (Rank: 91)
Annual Tourists
2,682,000  (Rank: 71)


Constitutional republic





Population Density

20 per square km

Uruguay Citizenship

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Uruguay:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.

Quality of Life

Rank: None

Cost of Living

Rank: 26


Rank: 86

Average Temp.


Rank: 121
Note: Results of 0% usually indicate stats are not available for this country / category.

Start the Smart Wizard!