It is considered a leading country in environmental stewardship. Its healthcare standard ranks among the best in the world. It is the South American country with the highest percentage of renewable energy in its energy matrix; by 2015 over 90% is expected to be renewable.
Its infant mortality rate: 10.5 per 1,000. There are no social, racial or religious conflicts. In its last report (2009), Freedom House placed Uruguay among the first countries in the world in the freedom ranking, sharing its position with the Scandinavian countries.
The country has great environmental surroundings in cities and rural areas, and also a great density of parks and green spaces in urban areas. Many schools offer academic programs which can be validated in countries such as USA, France, Germany, United Kingdom or Israel. Likewise, Uruguay has high quality medical service standards: 365 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. Since 2005, Uruguay is a tobacco smoke-free country, ranking 6th in the world and 1st in South America.
Uruguay is the most pacific country in Latin America according to the Global Peace index 2011, developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). In the list of 153 countries, Uruguay holds the 21st position and in the region is followed by Costa Rica which holds the 31st place.