El Salvador is located in the South – west coast of Central America Isthmas1
on the Pacific Ocean. It is the only country in the area lacking a coastline on
the Caribbean sea. El Salvador is slightly smaller than Massachusetts.
El Salvadors climate is tropical; rainy season (May to October); Dry season
(November to April).
El Salvadors terrain is made up mostly of mountains with narrow coastal belt2 and central plateau3.
POPULATION: 6,237,662 as of July 2001
(48% below poverty line)
RELIGION: Roman Catholic, Some Protestant
CAPITAL: San Salvador
INDUSTRIES: Food processing, Beverages, Petroleum,
Chemicals, Fertilizer, Textiles, Furniture,
EXPORTS: Coffee, Sugar, Shrimp, Textiles, and Chemicals
IMPORTS: Raw Materials, Consumer goods, Capital goods,
Fuel, Foodstuff, Petroleum,
CURRENCY: Salvadoran colon; US dollar
COMMUNICATIONS: Telephones; Cellular Telephones; Radio, Television;
TRANSPORTATION: Railways; Highways; Waterways; Ports and Harbors;
MILITARY: Army; Navy; Air Force
IMPORTANT CITIES: Santa Ana, 451,620 people
Ahuachapan, 260,563 people
San Miguel, 380,442
Usulutan, 317,079 people
VALCANOES: 25 extinct volcanoes (last eruption occurred in 1917)
El Salvador has a Republican government. The President is elected every five years, but cannot be re-elected. The sun shines in El Salvador 360 days a year, and the average temperature is around 800. This spring like climate is one of the attractions that appeal to all. It is ideal for enjoying open-air activities such as tennis, golf, water skiing, surfing, fishing, or swimming. There are also many water falls, cascades, ponds, rivers, and bluff.
Flag of El Salvador
1 a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
2a large plot of land along the ocean
3land at a higher elevation