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Uruguay is the only country whose name in English has the same letter three times in its first five.

The only country in South America smaller than Uruguay is Suriname.

The name ‘Uruguay’ comes from the Uruguay River which is thought to mean ‘river of the painted birds’ in the Guarani language.

Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside the tropics.

Uruguay is the only country that keeps track of 100 per cent of its cattle.

In December 2013, Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalise the marijuana trade.

Uruguay won gold for football at both the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. They are the only Olympic gold medals the country has ever won.

The first European in Uruguay was Spanish explorer Juan Diaz de Solis in 1516.

He was killed and possibly eaten by the native Charrúa. This kept Europeans away for 100 years.

The President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by a Dutch pro-drugs institute for legalising marijuana.