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Former colonial name:
City of San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo
Capital city
A view of downtown Montevideo

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): La Muy Fiel Y Reconquistadora
The Very Faithful And Reconquerer
Motto: Con libertad ni ofendo ni temo
With liberty I offend not, I fear not.
Montevideo is located in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°53′1″S 56°10′55″W / 34.88361°S 56.18194°W / -34.88361; -56.18194Coordinates: 34°53′1″S 56°10′55″W / 34.88361°S 56.18194°W / -34.88361; -56.18194
Country  Uruguay
Department Montevideo Department
Founded 1724
Founded by Bruno Mauricio de Zabala
 • Intendant Ana Olivera
 • Capital city 209 km2 (81 sq mi)
 • Urban 429 km2 (166 sq mi)
 • Metro 1,350 km2 (520 sq mi)
Elevation 43 m (141 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Capital city 1,319,108 (1st)[1]
 • Urban 1,305,082[1]
 • Rural 14,026[1]
Demonym montevideano (m)
montevideana (f)
Time zone UYT (UTC−3)
 • Summer (DST) UYST (UTC−2)
Postal code 11#00 & 12#00
Dial plan +598 2 (+7 digits)
HDI (2005) 0.884 – high
1st Capital City in Latin America

Montevideo is the capital and the largest city in Uruguay. It was founded by the Portuguese in 1717. Its best neighbourhood is called Carrasco. This neighbourhood is very exclusive due to its architectural styles.


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