Colonia Valdense

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Colonia Valdense
Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Italian immigrants.
Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Italian immigrants.
Colonia Valdense is located in Uruguay
Colonia Valdense
Colonia Valdense
Location within Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°20′18″S 57°15′55″W / 34.33833°S 57.26528°W / -34.33833; -57.26528
Country  Uruguay
Department Colonia
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,235
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 70202
Dial plan +598 455 (+5 digits)
Temple of the Iglesia Evangélica Valdense

Colonia Valdense is a small city located in southwestern Uruguay, within the Colonia Department. It is home to around 3,200 people.


It lies along Route 1, 120 kilometres (75 mi) west of Montevideo and about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of its intersection with Route 51.


Colonia Valdense was founded in 1856 (officially as "Valdense"), following the arrival of Italian immigrants from Piedmont and the Aosta Valley. The town is named after Pierre Valdo, a French priest founder of the religious movement known as "The Waldensians". The Waldensian Evangelical Church has a strong presence here.

Its status was elevated to "Pueblo" (village) on 6 November 1951 by the Act of Ley N° 11.742.[1] On 24 September 1982, it was renamed to "Colonia Valdense" and its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Decreto-Ley N° 15.323.[2]


According to the 2011 census, Colonia Valdense had a population of 3,235.[3]

Year Population
1963 1,663
1975 2,140
1985 2,409
1996 2,876
2004 3,087
2011 3,235

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[4]

Places of worship[edit]

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ "LEY N° 11.742". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1951. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "LEY N° 15.323". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1982. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Colonia". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Statistics of urban localities (1963–2004) (see also "Valdense")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Colonia Valdense (Spanish)

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