Pray for: Uruguay

Flag for Uruguay

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Montevideo
Population: 3,423,316
% Urban: 95.6 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 20.5 %
Official Language: Spanish
Languages: 12
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 75.4 yrs (84/236)
HDI Ranking: 58 / 189
% Christian: 64.7 %
% Evangelical: 6.2 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 64.7 %
People Groups: 34
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Uruguay

Tier: 1

Type: country

Uruguay has the most secular society in South America. While much positive progress came in areas like political transparency, equality, and economic development, modern developments like the legalization of abortion, same-sex marriage, and cannabis use came as well. Uruguay’s rates of depression, suicide, and abortion are some of the highest on the continent. Most Uruguayans follow a “do-it-yourself” spirituality influenced by New Age ideas. The nation is 55% Catholic (the lowest in Spanish-speaking Latin America), and only 2% attend mass. Afro-Brazilian Spiritism attracts many people. Pray for the Holy Spirit to expose religious deceptions and defeat the demonic powers behind them.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.