Economy, Transportation and Communications
PLUNA, River transport, national airline, radio receivers, daily newspapers
About 90 percent of the Uruguayan railroad system was British-owned until 1947, when it was purchased by the government of Uruguay. The railroad system has a total of 3,003 km (1,866 mi) of track. The national airline, known as PLUNA, was sold to private interests in 1994. Several foreign airlines also provide service to and from Uruguay. About one-eighth of Uruguay’s road system is hard surfaced. River transport is extensive; navigable waterways total about 1,250 km (about 780 mi).
In 1997 Uruguay had 603 radio receivers and 239 television sets for every 1,000 inhabitants. Some 36 daily newspapers are published.
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