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Mercedes, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Mercedes, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Mercedes?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mercedes, they said:

"Mercedes, is a small city located in the southwestern part of the country, known for its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful natural surroundings. Spanish is the official language of Uruguay, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish before moving. However, English is also widely spoken in the city. The cost of living in Mercedes is relatively low compared to other parts of Uruguay, making it an attractive place for expats. The city has a subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. It can be quite humid, so it's important to be prepared for this type of weather. Mercedes is a safe city with a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, such as locking doors and not leaving valuables in plain sight. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats are eligible to use the public healthcare system, but many choose to use private healthcare for more immediate access to services. Uruguayan cuisine is heavily influenced by its European roots, particularly from Spain and Italy. Beef is a staple in the Uruguayan diet, and the country is known for its high-quality beef. Public transportation in Mercedes is reliable and affordable. The city is also very walkable, and many residents choose to get around by bicycle. Uruguayans are known for their friendly and welcoming nature. They value family and social connections, so it's common to be invited to social gatherings and family events. The education system in Uruguay is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 4 and 15. There are also several private and international schools in the city. Uruguay has a stable economy and political system, making it an attractive place for expats looking for a secure and peaceful place to live. The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Uruguayans are passionate about football, and Mercedes is no exception. The city has several football clubs, and matches are a popular social event. Internet and mobile connectivity in Mercedes is generally good, with several providers offering high-speed internet and mobile plans. Finally, it's important to note that Uruguay has a slower pace of life compared to many Western countries. This can be a big adjustment for some expats, but many find it to be one of the most appealing aspects of life in Uruguay," remarked one expat who made the move to Mercedes.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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