Soriano Department

Soriano Department


Coat of arms

Location of Soriano Department & its capital

Coordinates (Mercedes): 33°15′S 58°2′W / 33.250°S 58.033°W / -33.250; -58.033
Country  Uruguay
Capital of Department Mercedes
  Intendant Guillermo Besozzi
  Ruling party Partido Nacional
  Total 9,008 km2 (3,478 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
  Total 82,594
  Density 9.2/km2 (24/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sorianense
Time zone UYT (UTC-3)
ISO 3166 code UY-SO

Soriano is a department of Uruguay. Its capital is Mercedes. It is located on the west of the country, south of Río Negro Department, north of Colonia Department and west of Flores Department. Its western border is the Río Uruguay, separating it from Argentina.


In 1624, a Franciscan Mission established a reduction for the indigenous tribes of the area named Santo Domingo Soriano. In spite of interruptions in its existence, it is considered the earliest populated centre of the actual Uruguay. Eventually, in its place Villa Soriano was founded.

The first division of Uruguay in departments happened on 27 January 1816. At the time, eight departments were formed, with Soriano being one of them. When the first constitution was signed in 1830, Soriano Department was one of the nine original departments of the Republic.

Population and Demographics

As of the census of 2011, Soriano Department had a population of 82,592 (40.853 male and 41.742 female) and 32,075 households.[1]

Demographic data for Florida Department in 2010:

2010 Data Source:[2]

Main Urban Centres Other towns and villages
Population stated as per 2011 census.[3]
City / Town Population
Mercedes 41,974
Dolores 17,174
Cardona 4,600
Palmitas 2,123
José Enrique Rodó 2,120
Chacras de Dolores 1,961
Villa Soriano 1,124
Town / Village Population
Santa Catalina 998
Egaña 783
Risso 557
Villa Darwin (Sacachispas) 456
Cañada Nieto 430
Agraciada 394
Palmar 381
Rural population
According to the 2011 census, Soriano department has a rural population of 6,612.[1]

Map of the department

Topographic map of Soriano Department showing main populated places and roads

Noted locality

Noted local people

See also


  1. 1 2 "Censos 2011 Soriano (needs flash plugin)". INE. 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  2. "Uruguay en cifras" (PDF) (in Spanish). INE. 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  3. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Soriano". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

Coordinates: 33°31′0″S 57°45′0″W / 33.51667°S 57.75000°W / -33.51667; -57.75000

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