COUN­TRY OF DI­A­MONDS AND FOOT­BALL

Beijing (English) - - COLOURFUL WORLD -

Uruguay, of­fi­cially called the Ori­en­tal Repub­lic of the Uruguay, is lo­cated in the south­east­ern part of South Amer­ica, on the eastern shore of the Uruguay River and Río de la Plata River, ad­ja­cent to the South At­lantic, bor­der­ing Ar­gentina and Brazil. It is known as the “Coun­try of Di­a­monds” be­cause of its shape re­sem­bling a gem­stone and its abun­dant amethysts. It is also hailed as “Switzer­land in South Amer­ica” be­cause of its beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery and sta­ble so­cial en­vi­ron­ment. The makeup of Uruguay's pop­u­la­tion re­flects its his­tory as an im­mi­grant coun­try. In ad­di­tion to amethysts, Uruguay is rich in mar­ble, agate, and opals. Other min­eral re­sources in­clude iron and man­ganese. It has rich forestry and fish­ery re­sources as well, es­pe­cially of yel­low croaker, squid and cod.

Uruguay mostly has a flat ter­rain, which is very suit­able for farm­ing. With de­vel­oped agri­cul­tural goods and an­i­mal hus­bandry sec­tors, it has an econ­omy mainly based on ex­port­ing agri­cul­ture, pro­duc­ing and ex­port­ing meat, wool, aquatic prod­ucts, leather and rice. When wars broke out in Eu­rope in early 20th cen­tury, Uruguay ex­ported a wealth of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts to Eu­rope and other re­gions, be­com­ing a rich coun­try in South Amer­ica. To­day, Uruguay's econ­omy is still driven by ex­port agri­cul­ture.

Mon­te­v­ideo, the cap­i­tal, is the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural cen­tre of Uruguay, as well as the prin­ci­pal in­dus­trial, fi­nan­cial, trans­porta­tion and port dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre. Sixty per­cent of the coun­try's pop­u­la­tion and 80 per­cent of in­dus­trial out­put is con­cen­trated in the Mon­te­v­ideo area.

Uruguay's ser­vice sec­tor ac­counts for a high pro­por­tion of the na­tional econ­omy. Fi­nance, tourism, lo­gis­tics and trans­porta­tion are the most im­por­tant in­dus­tries in the sec­tor. The well-de­vel­oped tourism in­dus­try brings un­lim­ited busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties to Uruguay, with for­eign tourists mainly from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries such as Ar­gentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Chile. Punta del Este and the cap­i­tal Mon­te­v­ideo are the coun­try's main tourist des­ti­na­tions.

What Uruguayans are most proud of is foot­ball. Foot­ball in Uruguay is highly pop­u­lar, as al­most ev­ery­one can play on the foot­ball pitch. The Uruguayans have al­ways been a fear­some team in South Amer­ica, hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the FIFA World Cup 12 times pre­vi­ously with its 13th World Cup ap­pear­ance in 2018. The Uruguay team won the cham­pi­onship in the first World Cup in 1930, and was the win­ner again in 1950. It also has been fourth place three times. In the World Cup in 2018, the Uruguayan team, one of the three South Amer­i­can pow­ers, per­formed well. If not for the ab­sence of the main striker Ca­vani Gómez in the quar­ter­fi­nals, there was a pos­si­bil­ity it would win the semi-fi­nals and even the World Cup cham­pi­onship for the third time.

Uruguay's booth at the “Colour­ful World” event vividly dis­played the coun­try's love of foot­ball. Scarves and other foot­ball cul­ture-re­lated prod­ucts were on dis­play. For ex­am­ple, an in­tro­duc­tion about Luis Suarez, who is con­sid­ered one of the best play­ers in the world. Suarez has il­lus­tri­ous achieve­ments. He par­tic­i­pated in the World Cup in South Africa for the first time in 2010 and scored three goals to help Uruguay reach the semi-fi­nals. In 2011, he led Uruguay to win the 43rd Copa América; in 2013, he won the Premier League Golden Boot and the Euro­pean Golden Boot Award; and in this year's World Cup in Rus­sia, he once again par­tic­i­pated in the event on be­half of Uruguay.

“Uruguayan peo­ple love foot­ball. When play­ing foot­ball, we yell ‘Garra Charua' to cheer on our favourite star or team. I hope we pro­mote the Uruguayan foot­ball cul­ture and show the charms of Uruguayan foot­ball through this cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tion,” said Agustina Casavalle, the head of the booth. She added that this year marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Uruguay.

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