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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Uruguay - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



3 530 900 (2020 projection) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Uruguay - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Uruguay - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 24th June 2021

Uruguay - Languages


The official language, Spanish External, is spoken by virtually the whole population.

Uruguay - Personal names and forms of address


The abbreviation used for Señorita in Uruguay is Srta.

Each person usually has a given name followed by two family names, that of the father followed by that of the mother, for example:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez

Upon marriage, females may take their husband’s name as a further given name, in this way:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez de Lopez

where the de indicates “(wife) of”. De usually indicates a married female, but may also be part of a name.

Professional people are often referred to by their qualification, followed by the given name and paternal family name (and sometimes the maternal family name):

   Doctor (m) / Doctora (f) (Dr/Dra)           Doctor/Ph.D.
   Ingeniero (m) / Ingeniera (f) (Ing.)        Engineer
   Licenciado (m) / Licenciada (f) (Lic.)      Holder of a university degree
   Profesor (Prof.)                            Professor, higher education teachers

This is preceded by the gender form of address.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Uruguay - Company legal forms


The following company type may be found:

   SA - Sociedad Anónima
   SAFISociedad Anónima Financiera de Inversión – offshore company
   SRL - Sociedad Responsabilidad Limitada
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Uruguay - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 25th October 2020

Addresses are formatted:

   {thoroughfare type[ ]}Thoroughfare name[ ]number
   postal code[ - ]CITY{, }DEPARTAMENTO

For example:


The hyphen between the postal code and the postal city is not always written. The departamento name may be written after the postal city, separated from it by a comma (except where the city name and the departamento name are the same):

   11000 – PANDO, CANELONES 

As is usual in Spanish-speaking countries, if the thoroughfare type is calle (Street), then this is not written in the address. The thoroughfare type is written commencing with a lower-case letter. For a full list of thoroughfare types, please refer to the chapter on Spain.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Uruguay - Post office box


This is written Apartado Postal in Uruguay.

Uruguay - Postal codes


Uruguayan postal codes (Código Postal) consist of a block of 5 digits, commencing with a number between 1 and 9. The first digit indicates the region or department. The final two digits indicate a block of houses (in towns) or a village.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Uruguay - Postal code format graphic


Uruguay - Postal code format

Uruguay - Postal code specifics

Uruguay - Postal code regular expression


Uruguay - Postal code level of coverage


Uruguay - Postal code map

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Place names in Uruguay


   Note: This section last updated 14th September 2017

Refer to Exonyms in Uruguay for full lists of place names in Uruguay in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Uruguay - Administrative districts


Uruguay has 19 departments External (departamentos, singular - departamento), not used in addresses. They are, with their postal code ranges:

Artigas External 55
Canelones External 14,15,16, 900-90600, 90601-90602 (shared with Florida), 90603-90800, 91
Cerro Largo External 37000-37006, 371
Colonia External 70000-70002, 70003 (shared with Soriano), 70004-70204
Durazno External 97000-97004, 97006-97007, 971
Flores External 85
Florida External 90601-90602 (shared with Canelones), 94, 97005
Lavalleja External 300, 301, 30200-30202, 30203 (share with Treinta y Tres), 30300, 30301
Maldonado External 20
Montevideo External 11,12
Paysandú External 60000-60001, 60002 (shared with Rio Negro), 60003-60017, 65001 (shared with Rio Negro)
Río Negro External 60002 (shared with Paysandú), 65000, 65001 (shared with Paysandú), 651
Rivera External 40
Rocha External 27
Salto External 50
San José External 80
Soriano External 70003 (shared with Colonia), 75
Tacuarembó External 45
Treinta y Tres External 30203 (shared with Lavalleja), 30302, 33, 37007

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Uruguay


Uruguayan telephone numbers have a total length of 8 digits when called from abroad. Mobile area codes begin with a 9.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

Properties with value Uruguay


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/uruguay/cities/ External 20230113

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