50 Fascinating Facts About El Salvador

El Salvador is Central America's smallest and most densely populated country. Even though it is the only country in this region without a Caribbean coastline, its beaches are a significant appeal. Surfers gather here to ride some of Central America's longest and most ideal waves. However, this intriguing nation is much much more than tidal surges. Interested in learning more? The following are a few of the fascinating facts regarding El Salvador.

Fascinating Facts

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El Salvador is Central America's smallest country but the only one without the need for a Caribbean coastline.
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El Salvador is renowned as the "Land of the Volcanoes" because of the territory's more than 20 volcanoes. Several of them are accessible for visits and even climbing (like the Santa Ana Volcano). All of them are active now.
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Numerous individuals have contacted me to inform me that El Salvador has 177 or more volcanoes. These figures are derived from an early 1970s book. Modern GPS and surveying technology supplant this more than the 45-year-old book.
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The country's present name derives from conqueror Pedro de Alvarado, who called the region "Provincia De Nuestro Seor Jesus Cristo, El Salvador Del Mundo." El Salvador was eventually abbreviated.
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Republica de El Salvador is the official name (Republic of El Salvador). San Salvador is the capital city.
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El Salvador is home to 6.4 million people and has an area slightly larger than that of Massachusetts (or Wales). El Salvador is the most densely inhabited country in Latin America because of this fact.
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From 1823 until 1841, El Salvador was a member of the Federal Republic of Central America. As a result, the national shield has five volcanoes and five flags.
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When the Republic of Central America collapsed, the country was renamed Republica de El Salvador (State of El Salvador).
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The Suchitlán Lake is El Salvador's most significant body of freshwater. Whenever the Presa del Cerrón Grande being completed in 1973, it became a reservoir. It is 52 squares miles in size and is most known for its ferry, which can move up to four cars and 100 passengers.
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For visitors, a stop in Olocuilta to try pupusas is a definite must. This is El Salvador's most traditional dish. Pupusa is a flatbread made of maize or rice flour filled with chicken, cheese, fried beans, or loroco (a vine flower bud native to Central America).
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El Salvador is the only Central American country without the need for a Caribbean coastline. It does, however, boast a roughly 190-mile Pacific Ocean shoreline.
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The country is Central America's third-biggest economy, behind Costa Rica & Panama. Despite this, 17% of the population subsists on less than $1.25 a day.
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The country endured a brutal civil war from 1980 to 1992. About 80,000 lives were lost during this period. Salvador, an Oscar-nominated film, is based on conflict.
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El Salvador is among the world's most famous surf locations. Due to the country's magnificent beaches, international surfing competitions have indeed been conducted. Surfers on their boards are a regular sight at the international airport.
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The nation is dubbed the "Land of Volcanoes" because it is home to over 20 volcanoes. Two of them have erupted in recent years. Additionally, the nation has a long history of devastating earthquakes and volcanoes, with the capital being devastated twice, in 1756 and 1854.
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Salvadorans are gregarious and welcoming. Additionally, if you are invited to a Salvadoran family, avoid being timely. The host anticipates a 30–45-minute delay. Strange, but that is the custom. Additionally, it is considered courteous to leave a tiny quantity of food on the plate after eating.
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El Salvador's coastlines are home to four distinct species of sea turtles (hawksbill, olive ridley, leatherbacks, and green).
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It is among the few countries in the world where indigo is still grown.
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Regrettably, the country has the world's highest murder rate. In 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) reported that the nation had 61.80 victims of deliberate homicide per 100,000 residents. According to estimates, roughly 60% of these occurrences are connected to gang activities. Armed police officers are apparent in every public space, and armed security is a frequent occurrence in bus terminals and retail establishments.
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El Salvador is Central America's smallest but most densely inhabited country. By 2020, it will have a population of around 6.48 million. This equates to about 800 persons per square mile of a nation.
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El Salvador produced the world's most enormous pretzel. According to Guinness World Records, this monstrous piece of cooked pastry weighed 1,728 pounds and measured 8.93 meters in length and 4.06 meters in breadth.
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The country seems to have the lowest proportion of people of African ancestry. They account for a maximum of 0.13 per cent of the total population. For over five decade, from the 1930s to the 1980s, the country had stringent regulations prohibiting the entry of blacks and certain other races.
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El Salvador's national flower may be eaten raw, cooked, or combined with eggs and soups. Salvadorans see the petals of flor de izote as sweets.
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El Salvador is Central America's smallest and most densely populated country.
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During the colonial period, the indigo plant was perhaps the most significant crop.
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Between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the nation suffered from chronic economic and political instability.
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The country's largest earthquake occurred on January 13, 2001. It registered a magnitude of 7.6 just on Richter Scale.
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Cerro El Pital is indeed the country's highest point, standing at 8,957 feet.
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Only two nations share the country's geographical borders: Guatemala and Honduras.
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The government provides free education up to the ninth grade.
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When the area is compared, it is less than the nation of Massachusetts.
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The country is devoid of people of African ancestry.
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The country has never won a medal at the Olympic Games.
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It is also Central America's only country without a Caribbean coastline.
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Santa Ana Volcano in El Salvador's tallest volcano. It reaches a height of 7,760 feet above sea level.
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El Salvador's sole commercially navigable — and most important — river is the "Rio Lempa." Its river basin is home to the country's capital city, San Salvador.
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Barra de Santiago in El Salvador is a lovely beach where endangered animals such as marine turtles or red macaws may be found.
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El Salvador seems to be the only country in Latin America that has soldiers in Iraq.
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Interestingly, the country has a beach named Water, Society, Big River, and several islands called Islands.
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Additionally, the country is ranked among the countries with the most significant murder rate.
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Did you know that El Salvador is about 20 times as deadly as the United States and 90 times as deadly as the United Kingdom? El Salvador recorded a record-breaking 4,246 murders in the first eight months of 2015.
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The country is among the world's most famous surf destinations. Each year, several surfing events are held there.
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El Salvador's Cerro Verde National Park is home to 500 different kinds of birds, including a rare black hawk-eagle. Three volcanoes are included inside the national park's 505-hectare boundary.
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The country is home to five national parks. Cerro Verde El Boqueron, Montecristo, El Impossible, and Conchagua are their names.
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Rural residents are more susceptible to malnutrition, a significant cause of death among the country's poor.
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Regrettably, the country has Central America's lowest birth rate and highest death rate.
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The country's minimum wage is from $100 and $250 per month.
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By the early twentieth century, coffee exports accounted for 90 per cent of the country's revenue. However, the government has diversified its revenue streams by creating a manufacturing industry on its own and establishing commercial and financial ties with other countries.
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El Salvador's inhabitants are kind, pleasant, and welcoming.
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In El Salvador, it is customary for ladies to pat one another on the right forearm and shoulder rather than shaking hands.

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