Italy–Uruguay relations

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Italy–Uruguay relations
Map indicating locations of Italy and Uruguay



Italian–Uruguay relations are foreign relations between Italy and Uruguay.

Italy has an embassy in Montevideo[1] and 4 honorary consulates (in Colonia, Montevideo and Paysandú).[2] Uruguay has an embassy in Rome,[3] a general consulate in Milan and 4 honorary consulates (in Bologna, Genoa, Livorno and Venice).[4]


The diplomatic relations between both countries have a long history, even before Italy got unified: the Kingdom of Sardinia already had a consular representative in Montevideo back in 1834.[5]

Italy has played an important role in Uruguay’s history for centuries: the first settler in Montevideo, Juan Burgues (actually Giovanni Borghese) came from Italy. Thousands of Italian immigrants came to Uruguay in the second half of the 19th century and first decades of the 20th. Nowadays almost 1 Uruguayan in 2 has Italian ancestry.

During the late decades an inverted migratory flow has taken place: as thousands of Uruguayans have Italian passport, many have decided to emigrate to Italy in search of opportunities.

Both countries are full members of the Latin Union and the United Nations.

There is an Italian Chamber of Commerce in Montevideo.[6]

Official visits[edit]

The strong relations between Italy and Uruguay are further strengthened by official visits. On 1 March 1985, when Julio María Sanguinetti assumed office, the Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi attended the inauguration.

In May 2013, the Uruguayan President José Mujica made an official visit to Italy.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ambasciata Montevideo. "Italy in Uruguay". Italian Embassy Montevideo. 
  2. ^ Italian consulates in Uruguay
  3. ^ "Welcome to Uruguay". Embassy Home Page. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Uruguayan consulates in Italy
  5. ^ "Bilateral relations". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Italian Chamber of Commerce of Montevideo (Spanish)
  7. ^ "Official visit of José Mujica to Italy" (in Spanish). Presidencia de la República. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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