Uruguay Culture of Business

By | July 24, 2022

Culture of business dealings


  • Introduction
  • Addressing
  • Business Meeting
  • Communication
  • Recommendations
  • Public holidays


Most foreign companies operate in Uruguay through a local representative or dealer. With regard to the small market, we recommend starting negotiations with an existing merchant, only then possibly considering someone who would start developing the market from scratch (for example, if you do not agree with someone already established). The market in Uruguay is small and therefore it can be assumed that people in one market know each other well, so it is advisable to try to learn as much as possible about your partner beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises. Visit Calculatorinc for more information about Uruguay culture and traditions.


A classic sales channel in Uruguay is the use of a local representative, specialized in the given commodity. If you decide to contact the company or association by email, you must also call and remind yourself. Otherwise, no one would probably pay attention to the email.

Business meeting

A suit and tie is the rule for business meetings and social interaction. For repeated meetings, looser clothing is possible. Late arrival to the meeting is tolerated, but it should not be more than ten minutes. An excuse citing slow shipping is a widely accepted reason for delay. Punctuality is required for important business partners who have experience doing business with European or North American firms. Formal and informal conversation is usually started by asking about the health of the person in question and his family, suitable non-binding topics for conversation can be the weather, sports (mainly football in Uruguay), culture, food, etc. Uruguayan citizens are relatively educated and have an overview of Europe and its culture. The local specialty is drinking the local “mate” tea even on the street, beef is part of the daily menu.

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The official language is Spanish, in the north of the country it is possible to communicate with a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish. More educated people can speak English, but we still recommend communication in Spanish to avoid many misunderstandings.


In the country, it is necessary to get used to some phenomena related to the mentality of the local people, i.e. especially to have patience when dealing with people.

Public Holidays

January 1 – New Year

January 6 – Children’s Day

February or March – Carnival

March or April – Easter holidays

May 1 – Labor Day

May 18 – Landing of the Thirty-Three

June 19 – Anniversary of the birth of the national hero Artigas

July 18 – Anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution

August 25 – Anniversary of the declaration of independence

October 12 – Anniversary of the discovery of America

November 2 – Memorial of the deceased

December 25 – Christmas



  • Contacts to Czech embassies in the territory
  • Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firefighters, information lines, etc.)
  • Important Internet links and contacts

Contacts at the embassies of the Czech Republic in the territory

The Czech Republic does not have a permanent embassy in Uruguay. No other state organization operates there either. The Czech Republic deals with its relations with Uruguay through the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires.

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires
Junín 1461 1113 Buenos Aires, CF
phone: 0054 11 4807 3107
e-mail: buenosaires@embassy.mzv.cz
website: www.mzv.cz/buenosaires

If necessary, it is possible to contact the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Montevideo:

Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Uruguay
Colonia 1323, P. 10AP. 1002 B, CP 11.100, Montevideo
phone: +598 2 901 6887
e-mail: montevideo@honorary.mzv.cz
Head of office: Dr. Jorge J. Goyenola

Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

  • Police: 911
  • Firefighters: 104
  • Health service: 159
  • Emergency: 147
  • Information: 122

Important web links and contacts

Tourist information: https://www.turismo.gub.uy

Information on foreign trade of the pro-export organization Uruguay XXI: https://www.uruguayxxi.gub.uy/en/

Useful links

Dirección Nacional de Aduanas – DNA: www.aduanas.gub.uy

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores – MRREE: www.mrree.gub.uy

Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas – MEF: www.mef.gub.uy

Ministerio de Ganadería Agricultura y Pesca – MGAP: www.mgap.gub.uy

Ministerio de Indústria, Energía y Mineria – MIEM: www.miem.gub.uy

Ministerio de Salud Publica – MSP: www.msp.gub.uy

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social – MTSS: www.mtss.gub.uy

Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Publicas – MTOP: www.dnt.gub.uy

Ministerio de Turismo y Deportes del Uruguay – MINTUR: www.turismo.gub.uy

Ministerio de Vivienda, Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente – MVOTMA: www.mvotma.gub.uy

Oficina de Planeamiento y Presupuesto – OPP: www.opp.gub.uy

Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación – ANII: www.anii.org.uy

Administración Nacional de Puertos – ANP: www.anp.com.uy

Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas – INE: www.ine.gub.uy

Dirección Nacional de Minería y Geología – DINAMIGE: www.dinamige.gub.uy

Administración Nacional de Combustibles, Alcohol y Portland – ANCAP: www.dinamige.gub.uy

Administración Nacional de Usinas y Transmisiones Eléctricas – UTE: www.ute.com.uy

Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones – ANTEL: www.antel.com.uy

Banco Central del Uruguay – BCU: www.bcu.gub.uy

Banco dela República Oriental del Uruguay – BROU: www.brou.com.uy

Uruguay Culture of Business