Updated: Sep 11, 2022
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Uruguay, and officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
Uruguay is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It is bordered by Argentina to its west and southwest, and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata (River of Silver) to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.
Reason for Naming the country
The Oriental Republic of Uruguay receives its name from its location to the East of the Uruguay River. This geographic factor and many historic reasons determined that the people who are from Uruguay are called " orientals", even though the country is located in the Western Hemisphere. The word " Uruguay" comes from the Guaraní language and means "the river where the bird lives" or "river the uru birds come from".