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Expats from America Living/Moving to Uruguay

Updated on December 23, 2011

There is one county located in South America that is often overlooked by most people due its size and general location. Uruguay is located in the heart of South America between Argentina and Brazil. So many people assume that since it is a small country it must not have the traditional history or culture that compares to the others. Well let’s explore this little hideaway and see what exactly it does have to offer Expats if you are considering moving here.

This country is centrally located in the heart of South America provides access to several major markets that are assessable from here namely Argentina and Brazil. This small country also has the ecological and biodiversity that is unmatched in the rest of South America. Moving into this hidden world of Uruguay, if planned right will be most exciting and adventurous for the Expat.

Most people that decide to make a move to Uruguay do so because they are looking for a place they can call home. Some our young professionals, some move with their spouses, some are here for a better cost of living in retirement. But whatever you’re social or economic backgrounds there are many opportunities for you here in Uruguay. There is always risk when you move somewhere so if you are planning a business move make sure you have a solid business plane prior to moving. Know who our contacts are and what your product is and how to export or import anything that you need. There are certain industries in the country that doing better than others on the high end outsourcing and technology are job generators a lot of tech companies are out sourcing here. Yet if you do not speak good English then it is tough at that point to get a job that is why sometimes the unemployment rate can be as high as 15% or 20%. Tourism is another major player in the economy of Uruguay with many things to see, hear, and taste people will always want to come to this hidden paradise. So if you’re not technically in client or a people person but love kids there are plenty of opportunities for English teachers or translators since there seems to be a drought in English speaking persons. But come prepared and have an idea what you will do be for any move.

Of course the next thing you are going to want to plan out besides your way of income is going to be location. There are two major cities in Uruguay Montevideo which is the capitol city on near the south Atlantic side as well as Colonia which is near the delta of Rio de la Plata. Each city has an extensive network of other expats that have made the plunge and moved everything to start a new life. So if you’re new to the country and don’t know a lot of people these two cities will provide you the best chance of feeling comfortable in your new surroundings. Of course also knowing at least the basic Spanish will help you get along but I suggest you practice if you really want to get the best deals. There are many apartments and houses for sale and for rent in these areas be sure to research each are before you decide. Also if you decide to have your family comes along as well check out things like American schools and convenient locations where they are easily accessible.

Banking in Uruguay is done in the peso but many backs will take the American dollar and exchange it for you. But as in any city it is best not to carry around a lot of cash but you also want to have enough in case you need it since Uruguay is a middle income nation not every where will there be a visa or ATM place that takes them.

It is highly recommended you come and stay for awhile in Uruguay prior to moving just to see if it is something that you really want to do. If you get here without visiting and then decide to move it will be a lot harder and more expensive so make sure you understand what you are getting into before you do. But, I have a strong feeling you will do just fine and will love everything about this country including the history, traditions and food.


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    se7enpub 6 years ago from New York

    Love Uruguay. Have spent quite a bit of time there - friends and work. Mostly in the countryside around Paysandu. Might very well consider moving there some day.

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    Megan Coxe 6 years ago from somewhere between here and there

    Uruguay is definitely overlooked! I´m considering the move (or dreaming about it, since it wouldn´t be for a couple more years!). Sigh.... Great hub.

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    whatsupelsalvador 6 years ago from San Salvador, El Salvador

    good stuff indeed, but hey we need some more current info! write more, you rock!

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    BrianJUY 8 years ago

    This is a very good and informative article. We just moved to Montevideo in May 09. We love it here. Click on my name to check out our blog.