Colonia Valdense

Colonia Valdense

Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Italian immigrants.
Colonia Valdense

Location within Uruguay

Coordinates: 34°20′18″S 57°15′55″W / 34.33833°S 57.26528°W / -34.33833; -57.26528
Country  Uruguay
Department Colonia
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 3,235
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 70202
Dial plan +598 455 (+5 digits)
Temple of the Iglesia Evangélica Valdense

Colonia Valdense is a small city located in southwestern Uruguay, within the Colonia Department. It is home to around 3,200 people.


It lies along Route 1, 120 kilometres (75 mi) west of Montevideo and about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of its intersection with Route 51.


Colonia Valdense was founded in 1856 (officially as "Valdense"), following the arrival of Italian immigrants from Piedmont and the Aosta Valley. The town is named after Pierre Valdo, a French priest founder of the religious movement known as "The Waldensians". The Waldensian Evangelical Church has a strong presence here.


Spoken dialec was the Patois, which was a mixture of French and Italian. The dialect was spoken mainly in the Colonia Department, where the first philigrins settled, in the city called La Paz, Colonia. Today it is consider a death tongue, although some elders at the mentioned location still practice it. There are still written tracks of the language in the Waldensians Library (Biblioteca Valdense) in the town of Colonia Valdense, Colonia Department. Patois speaker arrived to Uruguay from the Piedmont. Originally were Vaudois wich become Waldensians giving their name to the city Colonia Valdense which translated from the Spanish means Waldensians Colony.[1]

Its status was elevated to "Pueblo" (village) on 6 November 1951 by the Act of Ley N° 11.742.[2] On 24 September 1982, it was renamed to "Colonia Valdense" and its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Decreto-Ley N° 15.323.[3]


According to the 2011 census, Colonia Valdense had a population of 3,235.[4]

Year Population
1963 1,663
1975 2,140
1985 2,409
1996 2,876
2004 3,087
2011 3,235

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[5]

Places of worship

Twin towns


  2. "LEY N° 11.742". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1951. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  3. "LEY N° 15.323". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1982. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  4. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Colonia". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  5. "Statistics of urban localities (1963–2004) (see also "Valdense")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  6. 1 2 Colonia Valdense (Spanish)

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