উরুগুয়ে, দক্ষিণ আমেরিকার একটি অতি সুন্দর দেশ দেশটির খুব আভ্যন্তর আবহাওয়া এবং খুব বিচ রয়েছে এক সময় স্পেনে আধিপত্য ছিল খুব কলোনি এবং পুরনো মার্কেট রয়েছে. ওয়েদার উরুগুয়ের বিশ্ব কাল সাধারণত গরম এবং আর্দ্র আর শীতকালে ঠান্ডা একটু বাতাস আর ভেজা ভাব সর্বোচ্চ তাপমাত্রা 80 ডিগ্রী ফারেনহাইট আজ সর্বনিম্ন 36 ডিগ্রী ফারেনহাইট হল উরুগুয়ের সামগ্রিক আবহাওয়া উরুগুয়ে একটি খুবই উন্নত মানের পারিবারিক পরিস্থিতি গ্রহণ করে থাকে এখানে বৈষম্য খুবই কম খুব গরিব কেউ নয় অতি বড়লোক ও কেউ নয় উরুগুয়ের এগ্রিকালচার 13 শতাংশ ইন্ডাস্ট্রি 14% সার্ভিসেস প্রায় 73 শতাংশ উরুগুয়ে দক্ষিণ আমেরিকার অন্যান্য দেশ থেকে কিছুটা উন্নত আর্থসামাজিক ব্যবস্থা বজায় রাখে. উরুগুয়ের সাধারণ জনগণ খুবই বন্ধুবৎসল এবং অমায়িক উরুগুয়ের লোকজন খুবই অন্য দেশের লোকদের পছন্দ করে চারিদিকে সবুজের ছড়াছড়ি হসপিটাল এবং মেডিকেল কেয়ার খুব সহজপ্রাপ্য খুবই ভালো কোয়ালিটির আর্থসামাজিক এবং ইনফ্রাস্ট্রাকচার ব্যবস্থা আর খুব সুন্দর বিচ.
A home along this coast can be had for less than $100,000.
So I challenged our editors to spend an extended period of time with boots on the ground in Uruguay, interviewing local attorneys and immigration, tax, banking, and health care specialists. Try out the public transportation, I said. Drive the highways. Stay in hotels, rent an apartment, go shopping in the local markets, try out the local restaurants – not the tourist joints but local Uruguayan favorites.
Spare no expense, I said. In fact, take a video crew with you. Find as many expats living in Uruguay as you can, I told them – in cities and small towns, country villages and beach communities – and grill them mercilessly about what life is really like in Uruguay. Along with all the reasons they give for choosing Uruguay in the first place, make note of any difficulties or challenges they’ve encountered.
Our team just returned from Uruguay. And the conclusion we’ve come to is in line with what we’ve been saying all along.
In many undeniable ways, Uruguay is more First World than the U.S. these days. Not a single expat we spoke with ever wants to live anywhere else.
Why is Uruguay Now More “First World” Than the U.S.?
Frankly, Uruguay has it all…and in today’s world, that’s saying something. For instance, in recent years, Uruguay hasn’t experienced any of the economic difficulties most of the rest of the world has. (Uruguay is only one of two countries in the Americas that did not go into recession as a result of the late-2000s financial crisis.)
The economy is robust and people have good jobs. Income levels are even and well-distributed. The middle class is strong. Crime is low, personal safety is high.
Not only that, Uruguayans are some of the best-educated people in the world—the literacy rate is almost 99%. That’s because education is valued. In 2009, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to provide every school child with a free laptop and internet.
Why is all this important? Because the people who live in Uruguay are content with life. They’re happy and peaceful, making for a very comfortable and safe place to live.
I daresay you, too, could find your prefect lifestyle in Uruguay.
How safe is Uruguay? According to the Global Peace Index measured every year by the esteemed Vision of Humanity Organization, as of 2011, Uruguay is the second most peaceful country in the Americas, ranking only behind Canada…and far ahead of the U.S.
And one more measure of this little’s country’s merit: Transparency International ranks Uruguay as one of the least corrupt countries in all of the America’s in its 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, trailing only Canada, the U.S., and only slightly behind Chile. The government is stable and clearly focused, and public works funds go where they’re supposed to go. If you’ve traveled the highways of some other countries in Latin America, you know how important this is!
Even the U.S. State Department…which rarely has anything nice to say about any country…has praise for Uruguay, saying: “Uruguay enjoys a positive investment climate, with a strong legal system and open financial markets. It grants equal treatment to national and foreign investors and, aside from very few sectors, there is neither de jure nor de facto discrimination toward investment by source or origin. Investments are allowed without prior authorization, and there is fully free remittance of capital and profits.”
Put Uruguay on Your Short List Now or
You May Regret It Later
Over the years, our correspondents have trekked more Montevideo city blocks…scouted more remote beaches (and yes, the famous jet-set playgrounds, too)…walked more farmland…driven more back roads to explore towns small and large…and met with more realtors, developers, locals, expats, business owners, government officials, bankers…than anybody else.
This time, though, the expedition was part of the on-going “Uruguay Ultimatum” I described earlier. We set out to identify the most reliable sources currently on the ground and pinpoint the opportunities that make the most sense for you in Uruguay today.
But isn’t Uruguay Far From Home? Expats Say “No!”
Roger and Candy Hughes say, “It’s not so difficult, and we routinely fly coach. The key is to have a few travel essentials in your carry-on that will help make you comfortable: a neck pillow, an eye mask or a bandana to block out any light and some good earplugs. Or better yet, your favorite relaxing music on your iPod. An Rx or OTC sleep aid can also be helpful. And an engaging book will make a long layover fly by.”
Expat John Frogge says, “Personally, I have no problem. But I love to fly and I love to travel. There is a direct flight to Miami, and the planes are always very big and comfortable.”
Similarly, David Hammond reports, “I look forward to the trip. That’s when I catch up on my reading. When I’m flying on 777s I can also catch up on some new movies. Most of the flights between Miami and Uruguay are at night. I get on a plane in Miami, eat dinner, watch a movie, and then get some sleep. They wake me in the morning, I eat breakfast, and the plane lands. Right now, when it is spring/summer in the Northern Hemisphere and fall/winter in the Southern Hemisphere, there is only a one-hour time difference between Miami and Uruguay – so there’s really no jet lag.”
And of course, I called on our most seasoned senior editors, Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins to take on the job…For nearly a dozen years now, they’ve been living the expat life in Latin America. They know firsthand what’s important to anyone considering living in a foreign country.
If I told you how impressed Dan and Suzan are with Uruguay, you’d think I was making it up. So I’ll let them tell you themselves.
“I didn’t expect to like Uruguay as much as I did, “Suzan says. “But it’s arguably the most progressive and advanced country in South America, with clean city streets, safe highways, a modern, reliable public transportation system—in fact, all-around terrific infrastructure and technology. And the people are warm and welcoming…with far less noticeable poverty than elsewhere in this hemisphere, even including the U.S.”
Dan agrees, adding that “Expats who live in Uruguay all love it…whether they’re enjoying the sophisticated amenities of the capital city of Montevideo, living in a historic colonial river town or on a small farm or vineyard, or spending their days beachside along the sunny Costa de Oro or in Atlantic Ocean beach resorts like Piriápolis or the glamorous Punta del Este.”
Not a single expat she spoke with in Uruguay ever wants to live anywhere else, adds Suzan, “and in my experience, that’s saying something. Being in Uruguay took me back in time. As a kid growing up in the U.S. Midwest, I couldn’t imagine any place safer, more comfortable, more full of promise…and that’s exactly how I felt in Uruguay.”