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El Salvador
Republic of El Salvador República de El Salvador Density 318.7/km2 (34th) 823.6/sq mi 2008 estimate $43.676 billion[2] $7,551[2] 2008 estimate $22.115 billion[2] $3,823[2] 52.4 (high) ▲ 0.735 (medium) (103rd) U.S. dollar 2 (USD) (UTC-6) right .sv +5031 GDP (PPP) Total Per capita GDP (nominal) Total Per capita Gini (2002) HDI (2007) Currency Time zone Drives on the Internet TLD Calling code
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Coat of arms

Motto: "Dios, Unión, Libertad" (Spanish)
"God, Union, Liberty"

Anthem: Himno Nacional de El Salvador

Capital (and largest city) Official languages Ethnic groups

San Salvador
13°40′N 89°10′W / 13.667°N 89.167°W / 13.667; -89.167 2

Telephone companies (market share): Tigo (45%), Claro (25%), Movistar (24%), Digicel (5.5%), Red (0.5%). The United States dollar is the currency in use. Financial information can be expressed in U.S. Dollars and in Salvadoran colón, but it is out of circulation. http://www.bcr.gob.sv/ingles/integracion/ ley.html

Spanish 90% Mestizo, 9% White (Spanish, Italian, French, others), 1% Amerindian (Pipil, Lenca) Salvadoran[1] Presidential republic Antonio Saca
Mauricio Funes

Demonym Government President
Presidentelect

Independence from Spain from the Central American Federation Area Total Water (%)

September 15, 1821 1842

El Salvador (República de El Salvador, Spanish pronunciation: [reˈpuβlika ðe el salbaˈðoɾ]) is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. It borders the Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and Honduras. It lies on the Gulf of Fonseca, as does Nicaragua further south. It has a population of approximately 7 million people (July 2008 Census) on 21,000 km2. The capital city of San Salvador is the most important metropolis of the republic. El Salvador eliminated its currency, the colón, and adopted the U.S. dollar in 2001.

21,040 km2 8,124 sq mi 1.4 7.1 million (98th) 6,948,073

History
Pedro de Alvarado sent an expedition into El Salvador from Guatemala in 1524, but the Pipil drove them out again in 1526. In 1528 he sent a second expedition, which succeeded, and the Spanish founded their first capital city in El Salvador at a place known today as

Population estimate 2008 census

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Ciudad Vieja, the first site of the Villa de San Salvador, 10 km. south of Suchitoto. This capital was occupied from 1528 until 1545 when it was abandoned, and the capital moved to where modern San Salvador is today. Towards the end of 1810, a combination of internal and external factors allowed the Central American elites an attempt to gain independence from the Spanish crown. The internal factors were mainly the interest the elites had in controlling the territories they owned without involvement from Spanish authorities. The external factors were the success of the French and American revolutions in the eighteenth century and the weakening of the military power of the Spanish crown because of its wars against Napoleonic France. The independence movement was consolidated on November 5, 1811, when the Salvadoran priest, Jose Matias Delgado, sounded the bells of the Iglesia La Merced in San Salvador, making a call for the insurrection. After many years of internal fights, the Acta de Independencia (Act of Independence) of Central America was signed in Guatemala on September 15, 1821. When these provinces were joined with Mexico in early 1822, El Salvador resisted, insisting on autonomy for the Central American countries. After minor battles the resistances were recognised in forming a new country.

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Amapala on the Golfo de Fonseca, did not survive a coup in El Salvador in 1898. The enormous profits that coffee yielded as a monoculture export served as an impetus for the process whereby land became concentrated in the hands of an oligarchy of few families. A succession of presidents from the ranks of the Salvadoran oligarchy, nominally both conservative and liberal, throughout the last half of the nineteenth century generally agreed on the promotion of coffee as the predominant cash crop, on the development of infrastructure (railroads and port facilities) primarily in support of the coffee trade, on the elimination of communal landholdings to facilitate further coffee production, on the passage of anti-vagrancy laws to ensure that displaced campesinos and other rural residents provided sufficient labor for the coffee fincas (plantations), and on the suppression of rural discontent. In 1912, the national guard was created as a rural police force. The coffee industry grew inexorably in El Salvador and provided the bulk of the government’s financial support through import duties on goods imported with the foreign currencies that coffee sales earned.

Twentieth century
The economy, based on coffee-growing after the mid-19th century, as the world market for indigo withered away, prospered or suffered as the world coffee price fluctuated. From 1931, the year of the coup in which Gen. Maximiliano Hernández Martínez came to power, until he was deposed in 1944 there was brutal suppression of rural resistance. The most notable event was the 1932 Salvadoran peasant uprising, commonly referred to as La Matanza (the massacre), headed by Farabundo Martí and the retaliation led by Martínez’s government, in which approximately 30,000 indigenous people and political opponents were murdered, imprisoned, or exiled. Until 1980, all but one Salvadoran temporary president was an army officer. Periodic presidential elections were seldom free or fair, and an oligarchy in alliance with military forces ruled the nation. However, since 1931 the military governments or military-influenced governments favored a policy of economic interventionism. Opposition leader José Napoleón Duarte (PDC) was the Mayor of San Salvador from 1964-1970, winning 3 elections. He then ran

Independence
In 1823, the United Provinces of Central America was formed by the five Central American states under General Manuel José Arce. When this federation was dissolved in 1839, El Salvador became an independent republic. El Salvador’s early history as an independent state was marked by frequent revolutions. From 1872 to 1898, El Salvador was a prime mover in attempts to reestablish an isthmian federation. The governments of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua formed the Greater Republic of Central America via the Pact of Amapala in 1895. Guatemala and Costa Rica considered joining the Greater Republic (which was rechristened the United States of Central America when its constitution went into effect in 1898), but neither country did so. This union, which had planned to establish its capital city at

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but was defeated in the 1972 presidential elections amid widespread fraud and was forced to flee the country. In October 1979, a coup d’état brought Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador to power. It nationalized many private companies and took over much privately owned land. However, groups allied with the Communists demanded ever greater collectivism and launched a military campaign against the Duarte government - this resulted in the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). The Salvadoran Civil War was predominantly fought between the government of El Salvador and a coalition of four leftist groups and one communist group known as the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), mainly between 1980 and 1992. Approximately 75,000 people were killed in the war.[3] The Salvadoran Civil war happened in the context of the Cold War, with Cuba and the USSR backing the Marxist-Leninist militias and the Ronald Reagan administration backing the Salvadoran government. From 1989 until 2009, Salvadorans favored Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party, voting ARENA presidents in every election (Alfredo Cristiani, Armando Calderón Sol, Francisco Flores Pérez, Antonio Saca). In March 2009, Mauricio Funes, a television figure not associated with left-wing militias, became the first president from the FMLN party. Economic reforms since the early 1990s have brought major benefits in terms of improved social conditions, diversification of its export sector, and access to international financial markets at investment grade level, while crime remains a major problem for investment climate.[4]

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Departments and municipalities
See also: List of cities in El Salvador El Salvador is divided into 14 departments (departamentos), which, in turn, are subdivided into 262 municipalities (municipios). Department names and abbreviations for the 14 Salvadoran Departments: 1. Ahuachapán 8. MO Morazán 2. Cabañas 9. SM San Miguel De3. Chalatenango 10. SS San Salvador part4. Cuscatlán 11. SV San Vicente ments of 5. La Libertad 12. SA Santa Ana El 6. La Paz 13. SO Sonsonate Sal7. La Unión 14. US Usulután vador

Geography

Shaded relief map of El Salvador

Politics
The political framework of El Salvador is a presidential representative democratic republic with a multiform multi-party system. The President of El Salvador, currently Antonio Saca, is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Legislative Assembly. The Judiciary branch is independent of the executive and the legislative branches. Mauricio Funes from the FMLN political party became president-elect on March 15, 2009.

The scenic Jiboa Valley and San Vicente volcano

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centimeters (85 in). Protected areas and the central plateau receive less, although still significant, amounts. Rainfall during this season generally comes from low pressure over the Pacific and usually falls in heavy afternoon thunderstorms. Hurricanes occasionally form in the Pacific with the notable exception of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. From November through April, the northeast trade winds control weather patterns. During these months, air flowing from the Caribbean has lost most of the precipitation while passing over the mountains in Honduras. By the time this air reaches El Salvador, it is dry, hot, and hazy.

Beach at Playa Los Cóbanos. El Salvador is located in Central America. It has a total area of 8,123 square miles (21,040 km²) (about the size of New Jersey). It is the smallest country in continental America and is affectionately called the "Tom Thumb of the Americas" ("Pulgarcito de America"). It has 123.6 square miles (320 km²) of water within its borders. Several small rivers flow through El Salvador into the Pacific Ocean, including the Goascorán, Jiboa, Torola, Paz and the Río Grande de San Miguel. Only the largest river, the Lempa River, flowing from Guatemala and Honduras across El Salvador to the ocean, is navigatable for commercial traffic. Volcanic craters enclose lakes, the most important of which are Lake Ilopango (70 km²/27 sq mi) and Lake Coatepeque (26 km²/10 sq mi). Lake Güija is El Salvador’s largest natural lake (44 km²/17 sq mi). Several artificial lakes were created by the damming of the Lempa, the largest of which is Embalse Cerrón Grande (135 km²). El Salvador shares borders with Guatemala and Honduras. It is the only Central American country that does not have a Caribbean coastline. The highest point in the country is Cerro El Pital at 8,957 feet (2,730 m), which shares a border with Honduras.

Natural disasters

A landslide caused by one of the 2001 El Salvador earthquakes El Salvador lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, and is thus subject to significant tectonic activity, including frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. Recent examples include the earthquake on January 13, 2001, that measured 7.7 on the Richter scale and caused a landslide that killed more than eight hundred people;[5] and another earthquake only a month after the first one, February 13, 2001, killing 255 people and damaging about 20% of the nation’s housing. Luckily, many

Climate
El Salvador has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons. Temperatures vary primarily with elevation and show little seasonal change. The Pacific lowlands are uniformly hot; the central plateau and mountain areas are more moderate. The rainy season extends from May to October. Almost all the annual rainfall occurs during this time, and yearly totals, particularly on southern-facing mountain slopes, can be as high as 217

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families were able to find safety from the landslides caused by the earthquake. The San Salvador area has been hit by earthquakes in 1576, 1659, 1798, 1839, 1854, 1873, 1880, 1917, 1919, 1965, 1986, 2001 and 2005.[6] The 5.7 Mw-earthquake of 1986 resulted in 1,500 deaths, 10,000 injuries, and 100,000 people left homeless.[7][8] El Salvador’s most recent destructive volcanic eruption took place on October 1, 2005, when the Santa Ana Volcano spewed up a cloud of ash, hot mud and rocks, which fell on nearby villages and caused two deaths.[5][9] The most severe volcanic eruption in this area occurred in the 5th century A.D. when the Ilopango erupted with a VEI strength of 6, producing widespread pyroclastic flows and devastating Mayan cities.[10] El Salvador’s position on the Pacific Ocean also makes it subject to severe weather conditions, including heavy rainstorms and severe droughts, both of which may be made more extreme by the El Niño and La Niña effects. In the summer of 2001, a severe drought destroyed 80% of the country’s crops, causing famine in the countryside.[11][12] On October 4, 2005, severe rains resulted in dangerous flooding and landslides, which caused a minimum of fifty deaths.[5] El Salvador’s location in Central America also makes it vulnerable to hurricanes coming off the Caribbean, however this risk is much less than for other Central American countries. The Santa Ana Volcano in El Salvador is currently dormant, but while it was still erupting it was very dangerous. Lago de Coatepeque (one of El Salvador’s lakes) was caused by a massive eruption.

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Cotton field in the Usulután Department GDP in purchasing power parity (PPP) in 2007 was estimated at $41.65 billion USD. The service sector is the largest component of GDP at 60.7%, followed by the industrial sector at 29.6% (2006 est.). Agriculture represents only 7.6% of GDP (2006 est.). The GDP has been growing since 1996 at an annual rate that averages 2.8% real growth. The government has recently committed to free market initiatives, and the 2006 GDP’s real growth rate was 4.2%.[15] In December 1999, net international reserves equaled US$1.8 billion or roughly five months of imports. Having this hard currency buffer to work with, the Salvadoran government undertook a monetary integration plan beginning January 1, 2001 by which the U.S. dollar became legal tender alongside the Salvadoran colón and all formal accounting was done in U.S. dollars. This way, the government has formally limited its possibility of implementing open market monetary policies to influence short term variables in the economy. As of September 2007, net international reserves stood at $2.42 billion.[16] Since 2004, the colón stopped circulating and is now never used in the country for any type of transaction.[17] (Inaccurate Reference) A challenge in El Salvador has been developing new growth sectors for a more diversified economy. As many other former colonies, for many years El Salvador was considered a mono-export economy (an economy that depended heavily on one type of export). During colonial times, the Spanish decided that El Salvador would produce and export indigo, but after the invention of synthetic dyes in the 19th century, Salvadoran authorities and the newly created modern state turned to coffee as the main export.

Economy
According to the IMF and CIA World Factbook, El Salvador has the third largest economy in the region (behind Costa Rica and Panama) when comparing nominal Gross Domestic Product and purchasing power GDP.[13] El Salvador’s GDP per capita stands at US$5,800, however, this "developing country" is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America.[14] Most of El Salvador’s economy has been hampered by natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, but El Salvador currently has a steadily growing economy.

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Inflation has been steady and among the lowest in the region. Since 1997 inflation has averaged 3%, with recent years increasing to nearly 5%. From 2000 to 2006 total exports have grown 19% from $2.94 billion to $3.51 billion. During this same period total imports have risen 54% from $4.95 billion to $7.63 billion. This has resulted in a 102% increase in the trade deficit from $2.01 billion to $4.12 billion.[18] Remittances from Salvadorans living and working in the United States, sent to family in El Salvador, are a major source of foreign income and offset the substantial trade deficit of $4.12 billion. Remittances have increased steadily in the last decade and reached an all-time high of $3.32 billion in 2006 (an increase of 17% over the previous year).[19] approximately 16.2% of gross domestic product(GDP). Remittances have had positive and negative effects on El Salvador. In 2005 the number of people living in extreme poverty in El Salvador was 20%,[20] according to a United Nations Development Program report, without remittances the number of Salvadorans living in extreme poverty would rise to 37%. While Salvadoran education levels have gone up, wage expectations have risen faster than either skills or productivity. For example, some Salvadorans are no longer willing to take jobs that pay them less than what they receive monthly from family members abroad. This has led to an influx of Hondurans and Nicaraguans who are willing to work for the prevailing wage. Also, the local propensity for consumption over investment has increased. Money from remittances have also increased prices for certain commodities such as real estate. Many Salvadorans abroad earning much higher wages can afford higher prices for houses in El Salvador than local Salvadorans and thus push up the prices that all Salvadorans must pay.[21]

San Salvador For many decades, coffee was one of the only sources of foreign currency in the Salvadoran economy. The Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s and the fall of international coffee prices in the 1990s pressured the Salvadoran government to diversify the economy. There are 15 free trade zones in El Salvador. The largest beneficiary has been the maquila industry, which provides 88,700 jobs directly, and consists primarily of supplying labor for the cutting and assembling of clothes for export to the United States. El Salvador signed the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) — negotiated by the five countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic — with the United States in 2004. CAFTA requires that the Salvadoran government adopt policies that foster free trade. El Salvador has signed free trade agreements with Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Panama and increased its trade with those countries. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua also are negotiating a free trade agreement with Canada. In October 2007, these four countries and Costa Rica began free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union. Negotiations started in 2006 for a free trade agreement with Colombia. El Salvador has one of the lowest tax burdens in the American continent (around 11% of GDP). The government has focused on improving the collection of its current revenues with a focus on indirect taxes. A 10% valueadded tax (IVA ins Spanish), implemented in September 1992, was raised to 13% in July 1995. The VAT is the biggest source of revenue, accounting for about 52.3% of total tax revenues in 2004.

Demographics
El Salvador has lacked authoritative demographic data for many years because between 1992 and 2007, a national census had not been undertaken. Prior to the 2007 census, patterns in population growth led many officials (including within the Salvadoran government) to estimate the country’s size at between 6.7 and 6.9 million people.[22] However, on May 12, 2008, El Salvador’s

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The capital city of San Salvador has about 2.1 million people; an estimated 42% of El Salvador’s population live in rural areas. Urbanization expanded at a phenomenal rate in El Salvador since the 1960s, driving millions to the cities and creating growth problems for cities around the country. According to the most recent United Nations survey, life expectancy for men was 68 years and 74 years for women. As of 2004, there were approximately 3.2 million Salvadorans living outside El Salvador, with the U.S. traditionally being the destination of choice for Salvadorans looking for greater economic opportunity. Salvadorans also live in nearby Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.[29] The majority of expatriates emigrated during the civil war of the 1980s for political reasons and later because of adverse economic and social conditions. Other countries with notable Salvadoran communities include Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom (including the Cayman Islands), Sweden, Brazil, Italy and Australia.

Salvadoran girls. Ministry of Economy finally released statistics gathered in the census of the previous May. These data present a surprisingly low figure for the total population - 5,744,113. Challenges to the 2007 census on a number of grounds are forthcoming.[23][24][25] Ninety percent of Salvadorans are mestizo (mixed Native American and Spanish origin). Nine percent report their race as being White; this population is mostly of Spanish descent, including some of French, German, Swiss, and Italian descent. El Salvador is 1% indigenous, mostly Pipil, Lenca and Kakawira (Cacaopera). Very few Native Americans have retained their native customs, traditions, or languages, especially in the wake of the deliberate 1932 massacres in which the Salvadoran military murdered somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 peasants. El Salvador is the only Central American country that has no visible African population because of its lack of an Atlantic coast and access to the slave trade that occurred along the east coast of the continent. In addition, General Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez instituted race laws in 1930 that prohibited blacks from entering the country; in the 1980s the law was removed.[26][27] Among the few immigrant groups that reached El Salvador, Palestinian Christians stand out.[28] Though few in number, their descendants have attained great economic and political power in the country, as evidenced by President Antonio Saca — whose opponent in the 2004 election, Schafik Handal, was likewise of Palestinian descent — and the flourishing commercial, industrial, and construction firms owned by them.

Language
Spanish is the official language and therefore spoken by virtually all inhabitants (some of the indigenous still speak their native tongues, but all speak Spanish). English is also spoken by some throughout the republic. Many have studied or lived in English speaking countries (primarily the U.S., but also Canada and Australia), including many young Salvadorans deported from the United States, many of whom had grown up speaking only English. Furthermore, today all public schools teach English as a required course in both primary and secondary school. The local Spanish vernacular is called Caliche. Nahuat is the indigeous language that has survived, though it is only used by small communities of elderly Salvadorans in western El Salvador. Salvadorans also use voseo; using "vos" instead of "tu."

Religion
Although almost half of El Salvador’s residents are Roman Catholic, Protestantism is growing rapidly and represents nearly 30% of the population.[30] Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist churches are all growing, as are Pentecostals and Mormons.

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Crime
El Salvador has experienced high crime rates including gang-related crimes and juvenile delinquency.[31] In 1996, San Salvador was considered the second most dangerous city in the western hemisphere.[32] El Salvador has recently enacted anti-gang legislation.[33] El Salvador experiences some of the highest murder rates in the world, and it is also considered an epicenter of the gang crisis, along with Guatemala and Honduras.[33] In response to this, the government has set up countless programs to try to guide the youth away from gang membership, but so far its efforts have not produced any quick results. One of the government programs was a gang-reform called "Super Mano Dura" (Super Firm Hand). Super Mano Dura had little success and was highly criticized by the U.N., it saw temporary success in 2004 but then saw a rise in crime after 2005. In 2004, the rate of intentional homicides per 100,000 citizens was 41, with 60% of the homicides committed being gang-related.[33] The Salvadoran government reported that the Super Mano Dura gang legislation led to a 14% drop in murders in 2004. However, El Salvador recorded a total of 552 murders in January and February 2005 alone. In addition, crime rose 7.5% from 2005 to 2006.[34] Homicides are among the highest with respect to the overall crime rate. Intentional homicides reported in 2006 reached up to 3,928 from 3,778 in 2005, and a rate of 55 violent deaths per every 100,000 people.[35] This rate is almost ten times higher than the U.S. homicide rate. In the first half of 2007 La Policía Nacional Civil of El Salvador statistics showed lower numbers in homicide and extortions as well as robbery and theft of vehicles. In 2007 homicides in El Salvador had reduced 22%, extortions reduced 7%, and robbery and theft of vehicles had gone down 18%, all in comparison with the same period in 2006.[36]

Ballet folklore in El Salvador, displaying traditional dress. Ignacio Martín-Baró, and Segundo Montes, who were murdered in 1989 by the Salvadoran Army during the heat of the civil war. Painting, ceramics and textile goods are the main manual artistic expressions. Writers Francisco Gavidia (1863–1955), Salarrué (Salvador Salazar Arrué) (1899-1975), Claudia Lars, Alfredo Espino, Pedro Geoffroy Rivas, Manlio Argueta, José Roberto Cea, and poet Roque Dalton are among the most important writers to stem from El Salvador. Notable 20th century personages include the late filmmaker Baltasar Polio, artist Fernando Llort, and caricaturist Toño Salazar. Amongst the more renowned representatives of the graphic arts are the painters Noe Canjura, Carlos Cañas, Julia Díaz, Camilo Minero, Ricardo Carbonell, Roberto Huezo, Miguel Angel Cerna (the painter and writer better known as MACLo), Esael Araujo, and many others.

Tourism
The only airport serving international flights in the country is Comalapa International Airport. This airport is located about 50 km (30 mi) southeast of San Salvador.[37] The airport is commonly known as Comalapa International or El Salvador International. El Salvador’s tourism industry has grown dynamically over recent years as the Salvadoran government focuses on developing this sector. Last year tourism accounted for 4.6% of GDP; only 10 years ago, it accounted for 0.4%. In this same year tourism grew 4.5% worldwide. Comparatively, El Salvador saw an increase of 8.97%, from 1.15 million to 1.27 million tourists. This has led to

Culture
The Roman Catholic Church plays an important role in the Salvadoran culture. Archbishop Oscar Romero is a national hero for his role in speaking out against human rights violations that were occurring in the lead up to the Salvadoran Civil War. Significant foreign personalities in El Salvador were the Jesuit priests and professors Ignacio Ellacuria,

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Holidays
Date English name Local name Día de los Acuerdos de Paz Celebrates the peace accords signing between the government and the guerrilla in 1992 that finished the 12-year civil war. Mostly political events.

January 16 Peace Accords Day March/ April May 1 May 3 Holy Week/Easter Labor Day The Day of the Cross

Semana Santa Celebrated with Carnival-like events in different cities by the large Catholic population. Día del trabajo International Labour Day

Día de la Cruz A celebration with pre-colonial origins that is linked to the advent of the rainy season. People decorate a cross in their yards with fruit and garlands then go house to house to kneel in front of the altar and make the sign of the cross.

May 10 August 1–7

Mothers’ Day Día de las Madres August Festivals Fiestas de agosto Week-long festival in celebration of El Salvador del Mundo, patron saint of El Salvador.

September Independence Día de la Celebrates independence from Spain, achieved in 15 Day Independencia 1821. October 12 Day of the race Día de la raza Celebration in dedication to the Indians (Amerindians). Día de los Santos Difuntos Dia de la Reyna de la Paz A day on which most people visit the tombs of deceased loved ones. (November 1 may be commemorated as well.) Day of the Queen of Peace, the patron saint. Also celebrated, the San Miguel Carnival, (carnaval de San Miguel) a known feast in El Salvador, celebrated in San Miguel City, similar to Mardi Gras of New Orleans,where you can enjoy about 45 music bands on the street.

November Day of the 2 Dead November Queen of the 21 Peace Day

December Festival Day 12 of the Virgin Guadalupe December Christmas 24 Day

Festival de la Virgen Guadalupe Navidad In many communities, December 24 (Christmas Eve) is the major day of celebration, often to the point that it is considered the actual day of Navidad — with December 25 serving as a day of rest. and nightlife. Besides these two choices, El Salvador’s tourism landscape is slightly different than those of other Central American countries. Because of its geographical size and urbanization, there aren’t many naturethemed tourist destination such as ecotours or archaeological monuments. Surfing, however, is a natural tourist sector that is gaining popularity as more surfers visit El Zonte, Sunzal, and La Libertad, la zunganera, Garita palmera, el cuco, surfing spots that

revenue from tourism growing 35.9% from $634 million to $862 million. As a reference point, in 1996 tourism revenue was $44.2 million. Also, there has been an even greater increase in the number of excursionists (visits that do not include an overnight stay). 222,000 excursionists visited El Salvador in 2006, a 24% increase over the previous year.[38] Most North American and European tourists are seeking out El Salvador’s beaches

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are not yet overcrowded. Also, the use of the United States dollar as Salvadoran currency and direct flights of 4–6 hours from most cities in the United States are important things to note for first-time travelers from the United States. Urbanization and Americanization of Salvadoran culture has also led to something else that first time tourists might be surprised to see: the abundance of American-style malls, stores, and restaurants in the three main urban areas, especially greater San Salvador. Currently, tourists to El Salvador can be classified into four groups: Central Americans; North Americans; Salvadorans living abroad, primarily in the United States; and Europeans and South Americans. The first three represent the vast majority of tourists. Recently, El Salvador is attempting to broaden its tourist base and looking to the last group. Early indicators show that the government’s efforts are working. When comparing January-March 2007 to the same period in 2006 (most recent data available), overall tourism has grown 10%, while from North America 38%, Europe 31%, and South America 36%.[39] In the fall, Livingston Airlines will initiate the only direct flight between Europe (departing from Milan) and El Salvador. The Decameron Salinitas, a recently inaugurated resort, has contributed to the growth of tourists from South America (because of name recognition of the resort chain) and is looking to do the same with Europeans.

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combat plans, and mountain hideouts. Since 1992, residents in economically depressed areas are trying to profit from these remains. The mountain town of Perquin was considered the "guerrilla capital." Today it is home to the "Museum of the Revolution," featuring cannons, uniforms, pieces of Soviet weaponry, and other weapons of war once used by the FMLN’s (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) headquarters. According to El Salvador newspaper El Diario De Hoy the top 10 attractions are the beaches, La Libertad, Ruta Las Flores, Suchitoto, Playa Las Flores in San Miguel, La Palma, Santa Ana where you find the country’s tallest volcano, Nahuizalco, Apaneca, Juayua, San Ignacio.[41]

Cuisine

Salvadoran woman at a food stall. El Salvador’s most notable dish is the pupusa. Pupusas are a thick hand-made corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz or masa de arroz, a maize or rice flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) stuffed with one or more of the following: cheese (usually a soft Salvadoran cheese, a popular example is Quesillo con loroco), chicharrón, and refried beans. Loroco is a vine flower bud native to Central America. There are also vegetarian options, often with ayote (a type of squash) or garlic. Some adventurous restaurants even offer pupusas stuffed with shrimp or spinach. Pupusa comes from the pipil-nahuatl word, pupushahua. The pupusa’s exact origins are debated, although its presence in El Salvador is known to predate the arrival of Spaniards.[42] Two other typical Salvadoran dishes are yuca frita and panes rellenos. Yuca frita, which is deep fried cassava root served with curtido (a pickled cabbage, onion and carrot

Mural in Perquin, former "guerrilla capital" and now a tourist destination. Tourists continue to be drawn by El Salvador’s turbulent past.[40] Some of the latest tourist attractions in the former war-torn El Salvador are gun fragments, pictures,

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topping) and pork rinds with pescaditas (fried baby sardines). The Yuca is sometimes served boiled instead of fried. Panes con Pavo (turkey sandwiches) are warm turkey submarines. The turkey is marinated and then roasted with Pipil spices and handpulled. This sandwich is traditionally served with turkey, tomato, and watercress along with cucumber, onion, lettuce, mayonnaise, and mustard.

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• Universidad Catolica de Occidente, UNICO • Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera, ECMH • Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios, ESEN Local Foundations and NGOs are fostering further education development.

See also Notes

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Education
The public education system in El Salvador is severely lacking in resources. Class sizes in public schools can reach 50 children, so Salvadorans who can afford the cost often choose to send their children to private schools. Lower-income families are forced to rely on the public education system. Education in El Salvador is free through high school. During high school students have the option of a two year high school or a three year high school. A two year high school prepares the student to transfer to a university. A three year high school allows the student graduate with a vocational career and enter the workforce or transfer to a university as well to further their education in that field. The national literacy rate is 84.1% The Post-Secondary education varies widely in price. The cheapest university in El Salvador is the University of El Salvador. The UES is partially funded by the state yet maintains administrative and educational autonomy. It is the only public university in the country. El Salvador has several private universities: • Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado,UJMD • Universidad de El Salvador, UES • Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas”, UCA • Universidad Francisco Gavidia, UFG[1] • Universidad Tecnologica, UTec • Universidad Don Bosco, UDB[2] • Universidad Evangelica • Universidad de Nueva San Salvador, UNSS • Universidad Albert Einstein • Universidad Alberto Masferrer • Universidad Modular Abierta, UMA • Universidad Polytecnica

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[36] "Disminuye delincuencia según la PNC" • CIA World Factbook, "El Salvador", (in Spanish). http://www.elsalvador.com/ February 28, 2008. Accessed March 6, mwedh/nota/ 2008. nota_completa.asp?idCat=2913&idArt=1562092. • Danner, Mark. The Massacre at El Retrieved on 2007-11-06. Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War. New [37] CEPA - Aeropuerto Internacional de El York: Vintage Books, 1994. Salvador • "Country Specific Information", U.S. State [38] http://www.elsalvadorturismo.gob.sv/ Department, October 3, 2007. Accessed boletin2006.pdf/ March 6, 2008. [39] http://www.elsalvadorturismo.gob.sv/ • Vilas, Carlos. Between Earthquakes and MARZO2007.pdf/ Volcanoes: Market, State, and the [40] http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ Revolution America. New York: Monthly article?AID=/20070121/LIFE02/ Review Press. 1995. 701210335 • Foley, Erin. ’Cultures of the world, El [41] elsalvador.com Salvador.1995 [42] http://www.elsalvador.com/noticias/ 2003/10/31/nacional/nacio7.html.

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References
• "Background Notes", Background Notes: El Salvador, January 2008. Accessed March 6, 2008. • Bonner, Raymond. Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador. New York: Times Books, 1984.

Chief of State and Cabinet Members El Salvador entry at The World Factbook El Salvador at UCB Libraries GovPubs El Salvador at the Open Directory Project Wikimedia Atlas of El Salvador El Salvador travel guide from Wikitravel

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