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Why Uruguay?

On the Expatsi quiz, we ask why you want to leave the U.S. If your answer is, “it’s too conservative,” you might find your paradise in Uruguay. This small-in-population, socially liberal full democracy is highly rated for women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights, and it’s legal to grow or buy marijuana. Gun ownership is legal but regulated, especially in public spaces. The country experiences four mild seasons and offers the choice of living at a wide range of price points in an urban, beachside, or rural setting. It’s easy to explore Argentina or Brazil if you get itchy feet. Expats love the markets and quality of fresh foods, if not the availability of American packaged goods. While it’s not South America’s biggest bargain, Uruguay is beautiful and safe with high-quality, affordable healthcare.

Should you move to Uruguay?

Take the Expatsi Test to find out if Uruguay is right for you!

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Uruguay at a Glance

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Government Style:
Full Democracy

Mostly Legal: Gay Marriage, Gambling, Guns, Pot, Abortion

Online Guides

Our fave resources for making your move.

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International Living magazine has been helping their readers retire, move and invest overseas for over 40 years. See their reports on Uruguay.

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Their Living in Uruguay Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to Uruguay: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

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