When looking for a quiet and safe place, consider living in Uruguay
If you are looking for a place where democracy is guaranteed, that has low crime rates, with good and affordable health care, a stable economy, a good education system, and where you can easily blend in due the European heritage of the locals, you might consider living in Uruguay. Uruguay is ideal to raise a family or to retire and it is heaven for those wishing to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Location: South America between Argentina and Brazil
Weather: Four seasons with mild weather without hurricanes or earthquakes
Population: 3.5 million. Half of them live in Montevideo, the capital of the country. Has almost no Native American population as the country is the result of European migrations after the colonization
Migration Policy: Citizens of many countries don´t need an entry visa. It is quite easy to obtain legal residency, and after 3 years you can apply for citizenship, with the benefit of obtaining a Uruguayan passport
Economy: Is stable with about 8% inflation in pesos (the local currency)
Banking: Very developed. Big transactions have to be done through banks. Savings accounts in pesos, dollars or euros are available. Private European banks are present but when choosing the state bank (BROU), you can collect your money from an ATM all over the world and all at once, on the spot, from their offices in Uruguay. BROU also has offices in Buenos Aires and New York.
Criminality and violence: Low rate
Cultural life: Small but of very good quality. Uruguay has very well-known plastic artists and writers, outstanding ballet and a good opera season. Uruguay is also well known for its carnival events.
Internet: According to the UN 2016 Survey, Uruguay has the best internet in South America, at European levels.
Education: Mandatory from 4 years of age, public education offers good quality secular education free of charge from kindergarten to college. There is also a big selection of private schools covering different religions and languages.
Food: Cows are pasture fed, and organic food, although under development, is easy to find.
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