Río Negro Department

Río Negro Department
Flag of Río Negro Department
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Coat of arms of Río Negro Department
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Río Negro Department is located in Uruguay
Río Negro Department
Location of Río Negro Department & its capital
Coordinates ( Fray Bentos): 33°8′S 58°18′W / 33°8′S 58°18′W / -33.133; -58.300
Country   Uruguay
Capital of Department Fray Bentos
Government
 •  Intendant Omar Lafluf
 • Ruling party Partido Nacional
Area
 • Total 9,282 km2 (3,584 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 54,765
 • Density 5.9/km2 (15/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Rio negrense
Time zone UYT ( UTC-3)
ISO 3166 code UY-RN
Website www.rionegro.gub.uy

Río Negro Department ( Spanish: Departamento de Río Negro, Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈri.o ˈneɣɾo]) is a department of the northwestern region of Uruguay. It has an area of 9,282 km2 (3,584 sq mi) and a population of 54,765. Its capital is Fray Bentos. It borders Paysandú Department to the north, Tacuarembó Department to the east, Durazno Department to the southeast, Soriano Department to the south and has the Río Uruguay flowing at its west, separating it from Argentina.

History

The first division of the Republic in six departments happened on 27 January 1816. Later in that year two more departments were formed. At the time, Paysandú Department included all the territory north of the Río Negro, which included the current departments of Artigas, Rivera, Tacuarembó, Salto, Paysandú and Río Negro. On 17 June 1837 a new division of Uruguay was made and this territory was divided in three parts. In the new division, Paysandú Department also included the current department of Río Negro, until it was split from it in 1868.

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