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|Capital of Department||Salto|
|• Intendant||Germán Coutinho|
|• Ruling party||Partido Colorado|
|• Total||14,163 km2 (5,468 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||8.8/km2 (23/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UYT)|
|ISO 3166 code||UY-SA|
Salto Department (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsalto]) is a department of the northwestern region of Uruguay. It has an area of 14,163 km2 (5,468 sq mi) and a population of 124,878. Its capital is the city of Salto. It borders Artigas Department to its north, Paysandú Department to its south, the departments of Rivera and Tacuarembó to its east and has the Río Uruguay flowing at its west, separating it from Argentina.
The first division of the Republic in six departments happened on 27 January 1816. Two more departments were formed later in that year. At the time, Paysandú Department included all the territory north of the Río Negro, which included the actual departments of Artigas, Rivera, Tacuarembó, Salto, Paysandú and Río Negro. On 17 June 1837 a new division of Uruguay was made and the department of Salto was created including the actual Artigas Department. Its final borders were defined on 1 October 1884, when the Artigas Department was separated from Salto by the Act of Ley Nº 1854.
At the 2011 census, Salto Department had a population of 124,878 (61,071 male and 63,807 female) and 42,486 households.
Demographic data for Florida Department in 2010:
2010 Data Source:
|Main Urban Centres||Other towns and villages|
|Population given according to the 2011 census.|
|According to the preliminary results of the 2011 census, Salto department has a rural population of 7,849.|
The executive power is exercised by the Intendencia Municipal de Salto. The Intendant is elected every five years with the possibility of reelection.
The following Municipalities have been formed in Salto Department:
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