Germany and Uruguay: Bilateral relations

Germany and Uruguay: Bilateral relations

Source: Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Germany (Prussia) and Uruguay have enjoyed uninterrupted bilateral relations for more than 160 years. The country is home to more than 10,000 Germans. Despite a large German school, a Protestant church community, a Goethe-Institut, an active German-Uruguayan Chamber of Industry and Commerce and various clubs, the German influence on the Uruguayan way of life is relatively minor. Political relations are good, characterised by shared values in the area of human rights and by rules-based trade. We can regularly count on Uruguay’s support within the United Nations system. The Latin America and Caribbean Initiative of the Federal Foreign Office will inject additional impetus into bilateral relations.

Germany is Uruguay’s most important European trading partner in terms of exports, ranking sixth overall among Uruguay’s trading partners. The main German imports from Uruguay are cellulose, beef, wool and textiles, while Germany’s principal exports to Uruguay chiefly include pharmaceuticals, vehicles, car parts and chemicals. Germany is playing a key role in the conversion of Uruguay’s energy matrix to renewable energy sources. As a result of generous tax regulations in duty-free zones and for service providers active in the region, several German enterprises have invested in Uruguay. An investment promotion agreement has been in place since 1990.

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