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About Montevideo

Montevideo is the capital and most populated city in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

Has been described as the Latin American city with the best quality of life in 2015, a consistent position it has maintained every year since 2006. Since 2008, Uruguay has started a reconversion process of its energy matrix. With its hydroelectric capacity almost at its limit, an elevated growth rate and a lack of own fossil fuels, the country’s main political parties created the Uruguay Energy Policy 2030 a pact that, no matter who won the elections, must be respected.

In turn, Uruguay held first place above all other countries with the highest percentage of GDP invested in renewable energy. And as of 2014, it has become the Latin American country with the highest rate of growth in clean energy investments.

As of today, 95% of the energy used in Uruguay comes from renewable energies. Now the country is being recognised for its progress in eliminating carbon emissions from its economy. The World Bank and the Latin American Economic Commission have congratulated the country and the WWF named Uruguay once of its “Green Energy Leaders”, stating that “The country is defining global trends for investing in renewable energies”.

  • Places to visit in Montevideo

    The Rambla

    Montevideo is a city that has developed facing the Rio de la Plata coast, which was produced a 25km-long coastal boulevard with magnificent views of the city.

  • Port Market

    Originally built as a market in the lower city, it no longer serves its original function, and not its interior and surrounding areas have been built up with numerous restaurants serving, among other specialities, grilled Uruguayan beef, hereby standing out as a must-see when visiting Montevideo.

    Under its metallic structure, diverse colours and aromas swirl together while artisans, musicians and painters interact with people arriving for a meal, a bit of shopping or simply to wander about.

  • Agricultural Market

    Originally built as the largest agricultural market in the city, in 2013 it was recycled and converted into a shopping centre of small shops.

  • Old City

    Old City is the name given to the city’s historic city centre. Currently it is a Montevideo neighbourhood that houses multiple companies, ministries and government offices, banks, museums, art galleries and cultural centres, as well as businesses of various types, restaurants nightclubs bars and pubs, frequented by both locals and tourists alike.

    The Plaza Matriz, or Matriz Square is in the centre of the city, where the Montevideo Cathedral and Town Council are found.

  • Legislative Palace

    A building built between 1908 and 1925. It is the seat of the Uruguayan Legislative Branch the General Assembly, which combines two chambers that meet separately or together, depending on the circumstances: la Chamber of Representatives and the Chamber of Senators.

  • 'Estadio Centenario' Stadium

    The Estadio Centenario is the largest stadium in Uruguay and one of the most important stadiums in America. It was the location of the very first football world cup in 1930 and where the first world cup championship game was played. The Stadium also holds the Football Museum, which collects and displays historical elements of Uruguayan football.

    The Estadio Centenario was chosen by the Uruguay national football team as its home stadium for local games and it is the only stadium in the world to be declared a Historical Monument of World Football by FIFA.

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