El Salvador: Key Information & Facts

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Updated: 2018-05-02.

General points to know about the country of El Salvador – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more – whether you are traveling there or not.

Capital: San Salvador (& largest city)

Population: 6.4 million (2017 estimate)


President: Salvador Sánchez Cerén

Vice President: Óscar Ortiz

CurrencyUS Dollars $ (USD)

Area: 21,041 km2 (8,124 mi2)

Dialing Code: +503

Time Zone: Central Standard Time “CST” (UTC-6)
•   DST/Summer Time: N/A

Demonym: Salvadoran (what’s this?)

EndonymEl Salvador
(their name for their country)
Emergency Dialing Tel. Number: 911 (general number for police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: None (but purchase age of 18)

Age of Consent: 18

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 115 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B (define)

Country Code (ISO): SV (also the country’s primary TLD {top-level domain})

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