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The Embassy of Uruguay in Berlin

The Ambassador

Amb. Mr Alberto Antonio Guani Amarilla



Germany and Uruguay have traditionally enjoyed very good relations. Since the 1850s, German immigrants have made an important contribution to the country’s development. Uruguay offered asylum to German-speaking Jews from 1935 onwards. After the Second World War, Uruguay established diplomatic relations with both the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic.

Germany is well presented in Uruguay, as there is an active Goethe Institute. In 1867, a German binational school, The German School of Montevideo, was opened. Uruguay and Germany also share a university-entrance examination which qualifies takers for university in both countries. German Mennonite communities emigrated to Uruguay after the Second World War and nowadays, a German-language school is run by the Mennonites. A cultural cooperation accord was signed on 8 May 1989.

The German-Uruguayan Chamber of Commerce in Montevideo was founded in 1916 and currently has over 400 members, more than 50 of them domiciled abroad, some in Germany; it is affiliated to the regional chamber in Buenos Aires.

In October 2011, Uruguayan President José Mujica paid an official visit to Germany.