German Uruguayan

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The German community in Uruguay is small but significant; it numbers ca. 10,000 German expatriates and 40,000 people of German descent.[1] Most of them live in the Montevideo area, although there are German minorities in Paysandú, Río Negro, San José and Canelones.

History[edit]

One of the first Germans to come to the region was Ulrich Schmidl (known locally as Ulrico Smidel), who arrived at the oriental shores of the River Plate in the early 16th century and described the Charrúas.[2]

The German presence in Uruguay was always small, relatively discrete. The 2011 Uruguayan census revealed 1,167 people who declared Germany as their country of birth.[3] However, there are important German names closely linked to the political landscape:

Sport is another field where several German Uruguayans stand out:

Other important German-Uruguayan people are:

Religion[edit]

Local Germans practise different Christian religions:

There is also an important presence of German Jews, with religious activities at the NCI Synagogue.

Institutions[edit]

German immigrants established several institutions of their own, among others:

  • German School Montevideo (German: Deutsche Schule Montevideo, established 1857)[4]
  • German Evangelical Community(German: Deutsch-Evangelische Gemeinde Montevideo)[5]
  • German Cultural and Social Work (German: Deutsches Kultur- und Hilfswerk)[6]
  • German Club (German: Deutscher Klub, established 1866)[7]
  • Uruguayan-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (German: Deutsch-Uruguayische Industrie- und Handelskammer, established 1916)[8]
  • German Rowing Club Montevideo (German: Deutscher Ruderverein Montevideo, established 1922)[9]
  • German Male Choir (German: Deutscher Männerchor)[6]
  • Alpine Club Montevideo (German: Alpenländer Verein Montevideo, established 1934)[10]
  • Bertolt Brecht House (German: Bertolt-Brecht-Haus, established 1964)[11]
  • German-Uruguayan Cultural Association (German: Deutsch-Uruguayische Kulturvereinigung)[6]
  • German Cultural Association Paysandú (German: Deutsche Kulturvereinigung Paysandú)[6]
  • German-Uruguayan Friendship Circle[6]

There are also local offices of German institutions:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uruguay-Portal (German)
  2. ^ Schmidel, Ulrich (2001). Viaje al Río de la Plata. Alicante: Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes - Digital edition based on Buenos Aires Edition - Cabaut y Cía. 1903. 
  3. ^ "Immigration to Uruguay". INE. Retrieved 6 March 2013.  (Spanish)
  4. ^ Deutsche Schule Montevideo
  5. ^ German Evangelical Church in Uruguay
  6. ^ a b c d e German institutions in Uruguay (German)
  7. ^ Deutscher Klub (Spanish)
  8. ^ AHK Uruguay
  9. ^ DRVM
  10. ^ ALVM
  11. ^ Casa Bertolt Brecht
  12. ^ FESUR
  13. ^ KAS Uruguay
  14. ^ Goethe-Institut Montevideo

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