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.


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