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Montevideo, 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 Montevideo, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Montevideo?

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

"Before moving to Montevideo, expats should know that Spanish is the official language, so learning it would be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively high compared to other Latin American countries, but lower than in North America or Western Europe. The city has a temperate climate, with mild winters and hot summers. Uruguay has a high standard of living and is considered one of the safest countries in Latin America. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats can buy into the national healthcare system or opt for private health insurance. Uruguayans are known for their friendly and welcoming nature, and the country has a relaxed pace of life. The cuisine in Uruguay is heavily meat-based, with beef being a staple part of the diet. The country is also known for its wine, particularly Tannat. Public transportation in Montevideo is reliable and affordable, with a comprehensive bus system. However, many expats choose to drive, and the process to get a local driving license is straightforward. Uruguay has a strong economy, with sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and IT offering job opportunities for expats. However, the job market is competitive, and having a job offer before moving is advisable. The education system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with a range of public and private schools, as well as international schools. The country is also home to the University of the Republic, the largest and most prestigious university in Uruguay. Uruguay has a progressive stance on social issues, being the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage and marijuana. The country is also known for its strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Finally, expats should be aware that Uruguay has strict regulations on bringing pets into the country, so it's important to research and prepare for this process well in advance," explained one expat living in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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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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