Greeks in Uruguay

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Greek Orthodox Church in Montevideo.

Greek Uruguayans (Greek: Έλληνες της Ουρουγουάης) are Uruguayan residents either fully or partially of Greek descent or Greece-born people who reside in Uruguay.

The Greek community in Uruguay numbers between 25,000 and 28,000 people; most of them live in the Montevideo area. The 2011 Uruguayan census revealed 103 people who declared Greece as their country of birth.[1]

The Greek community center and the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nikolaos are located on 19 de Abril Avenue in Prado. Another important Greek institution in Montevideo is the Maria Tsakos Foundation which offers free lessons of the Greek language, of Greek dances and cooking and organizes cultural activities. The Great Uruguayan footballer, Obdulio Varela was of part-Greek descent and is to date the only footballer with any Greek blood in them to win the FIFA World Cup. Included are Aromanians and Megleno-Romanians, who became adjusted to Argentine society because of the linguistic similarities between Romanian and Spanish, as well as the Latin identity of Aromanians and Megleno-Romanians.

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  1. ^ "Immigration to Uruguay" (PDF) (in Spanish). INE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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