Uruguay has the highest per capita income of all South American nations. It won the first-ever soccer World Cup in 1930, and has won more Copa America titles — the continent's top soccer tournament — than any other nation. It legalized same-sex marriage in 2013 and cannabis in 2014, emerging as a liberal beacon on an otherwise conservative continent.
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