Latin America & Caribbean

El Salvador profile - Facts

Member of the Pipil indigenous people at a festival celebrating the ingenous culture of El Salvador (Aug 2010)
The Pipil are one of the groups making up El Salvador's small indigenous population
  • Full name: Republic of El Salvador
  • Population: 6.3 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: San Salvador
  • Area: 21,041 sq km (8,124 sq miles)
  • Major language: Spanish
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: US dollar & Salvadoran colon
  • Main exports: Offshore assembly exports, coffee, sugar, shrimp, textiles, chemicals, electricity
  • GNI per capita: US $3,720 (World Bank, 2013)
  • Internet domain: .sv
  • International dialling code: +503