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Military rule was instituted in 1973 in response to the violent Tupamaro guerrilla movement that began in the early 1960s. The nation began a return to democratic government in 1985. Today, Uruguay is considered one of the most stable South American nations.

In terms of corruption, as determined by Transparency International, the nation scored 23rd (out of 180) (2017). Uruguay also scored 38th (of 180) in economic freedom, as measured by the Heritage Foundation,...

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