According to a study done in 1997, 94% of its population are of prevalently
white European descent, Spaniards, followed closely by Italians, including
numbers of British, Germans, French, Swiss, Russians, Portuguese, Poles,
Bulgarians, Hungarians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Latvians,
Dutch, Belgians, Croatians, Greeks, Scandinavians, Irish, and Armenians.
The remaining 6% of Uruguay's inhabitants are of Afro-Latin American
ancestry. Many of the European immigrants arrived to Uruguay in the late
1800s and have heavily influenced the architecture and culture of
Montevideo and other major cities.
For this reason, Montevideo and life
within the city are very reminiscent of parts of Europe, for example
Barcelona, Thessaloniki or Tel-Aviv are said to be similar to Montevideo
in different aspects.