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Regions[edit]

I am regionalising Uruguay along the lines of the socio-economic and geographic regions that Wikipedia use. A few adjustments to improve the logic for travellers. That means all the departments will be redirected to four new regional aticles (they are either red linked or empty anyway).

--Burmesedays 21:58, 20 January 2010 (EST)

This looks very sensible to me. --Peter Talk 16:33, 21 January 2010 (EST)

A few changes[edit]

There are a number of changes I wish to discuss regarding the article and I will quote the relevant parts. Bear in mind that I am Uruguayan.

History "Because the entire first two centuries of the country's history were dominated by the struggle to establish a national identity for the Banda Oriental independent of Buenos Aires, Uruguayans to this day are very sensitive about their country's relationship with Argentina." This statement is incorrect. A national identity was established within the first years of independence. Furthermore, there is no particular sensitiveness about Uruguay's relationship with Argentina.

Regions I do not believe crossings to other countries should be included in this section. They do not contribute to the description of regions, in fact, it feels completely out of place. One point, in particular, states: "agriculture, huge dams on the Rio Negro and land crossings to Brazil" As if the land crossing were as important agriculture or the huge dams.

Eat "(...)(not goat as Argentines often mistake it for),(..)" This statement is completely irrelevant. Why is it even there? What does it add? Nothing.

Talk "Althought most Uruguayans have studied English at school, they do not actually speak or use it. However, some Uruguayans have studied English at private institutes, so they can speak it well. Outside Montevideo and Punta del Este there are few English speakers." No source.

Stay Safe "(...)(even though Rio de Janeiro has far more beautiful natural scenery)(...)" How is this relevant to the section? And it is also a personal opinion.

"Warning: If you are accused, however falsely, of a crime you did not commit, do not expect a “habeas corpus” from the Uruguayan Justice Department. According to them, you are guilty until proven to be innocent. Your citizenship will not help. This means incarceration for months, even years, until the case is brought to court." This is completely and utterly wrong. Habeas Corpus is guaranteed by the Uruguayan constitution.

Talk "The pronunciation and the use of the vos pronoun instead of is practically identical to the Spanish variety spoken in Argentina." This is a gross exaggeration. There are notable differences between the dialects.

Get Around "Uruguay has not yet implemented sensor loops, so all traffic lights are on timers and you will have to sit there regardless of whether the cross-street has traffic. (Some local drivers will just run the red after sitting for a few minutes if cross-traffic is nonexistent.)" Incorrect. Traffic sensors are in place in certain locations.

Respect "(...)which convey the full rights of marriage, and there is currently a law in the works to legalize full gay and transgendered marriage." Outdated, gay marriage is already legal in Uruguay.

"Uruguayans are somewhat sensitive about their relationships with Argentina; avoid comparing them to Argentines." As noted above, this is false.

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