Essential Info for El Salvador

Population: Around 6.4 million

Capital city: San Salvador

Neighbouring countries: El Salvador is bordered by Honduras to the northeast and Guatemala to the northwest, with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Geography: El Salvador is one of the smallest countries in continental America. Its beautiful landmass is covered by mountains, volcanoes, rivers and lakes, with the highest point being Cerro El Pital, on the border with Honduras.

Political system: Unitary presidential constitutional republic

Major religion: Christianity

Main languages: Spanish

Money: El Salvador uses the United States Dollar (USD), which is subdivided into 100 cents. ATMs and card facilities can be found in most urban centres.

Tipping:  A tip of around 10 percent is expected in most service industries. 

Time: GMT -6

Electricity: 115V and 60Hz. Plugs with two flat blades can be used throughout the country.

Internet domain: .sv

International dialing code: +503

Emergency numbers: 911

Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. The Pan American Highway travels through the country, making road transport convenient. Otherwise, taxis and buses are the main forms of public transport.

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