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Uruguay
Capital:
Montevideo
Population:
3,399,237 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement, the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to agree to military control of his administration in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold throughout the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.
Government type:
constitutional republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $43.67 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
400,000 (2002)
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