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101 Facts About El Salvador
21. El Salvador is one of the only countries to go to war with Honduras over a soccer game.
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28. El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Central America.
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31. El Salvador is known to have some of the most active volcanoes in Central America.
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32. El Salvador was the first Central American country to "dollarize" its economy, introducing the dollar as legal tender on January 1, 2001.
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34. El Salvador was a province under the administration of colonial authorities based in Guatemala.
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35. El Salvador has already signed free trade agreements with Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Panama, and increased its exports to those countries.
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36. El Salvador has the highest population density in Central America, averaging 725 people per square mile.
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37. El Salvador is on the western coast of Central America.
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43. El Salvador was one of only four Latin American nations to join the US-led coalition that invaded Iraq and by 2006 it was the only one of them that continued to maintain troops there.
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44. The Communist Party of El Salvador, organized in 1925, reflected more radical opposition, whose most outspoken representative was Agustin Farabundo Marti.
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45. El Salvador was the last of the Central American states to declare itself formally a separate, sovereign republic, in 1856.
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46. El Salvador is troubled by gang violence that has spilled over into Salvadoran neighborhoods in the United States.
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47. El Salvador is the largest consumer of geothermal energy in Central America.
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48. El Salvador has fewer mineral resources than any other Central American country.
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50. In the 1970s El Salvador was the most industrialized nation in Central America, although a dozen years of civil war eroded this position.
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55. El Salvador has already signed free trade agreements with Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Panama, and increased its exports to those countries.
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58. El Salvador ratified the agreement in December 2004, the first nation in Central America to do so.
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61. El Salvador is one of only two countries to maintain its embassy in Jerusalem.
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62. El Salvador is one of the smallest communities in Latin America.
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66. El Salvador is the smallest Latin American republic and the most densely populated; overpopulation is a critical problem.
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70. El Salvador is located on the south side of the Central America isthmus.
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72. The Constitution of El Salvador declared that elementary education was free and compulsory for all children between the ages of seven and fifteen.
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75. El Salvador is not only Central America's smallest country, but it is the most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere, with an average population of approximately 298 people per square kilometer.
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76. The University of El Salvador had a department of periodismo and was dedicated to creating professionals in the area of communication.
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77. The University of El Salvador offered both a master's and a 5-year Licenciatura in Journalism with an extremely well organized plan of study through the faculty of Science and Humanities.
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82. El Salvador is dependent on the United States for a majority of its trade.
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90. El Salvador is Central America's second most densely populated country, with an estimated 292 inhabitants per square mile.
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91. The National Zoological Park in San El Salvador, established in 1961, maintains a natural science museum.
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92. El Salvador received approximately $250 million in direct investments in 1999, the majority from the United States.
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94. El Salvador accepts compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice with reservations.
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95. El Salvador was particularly supportive of the liberals and the rule of liberal Honduran Francisco Morazan, as opposed to the conservative Guatemalan Rafael Carrera.
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98. In 1969, El Salvador invaded Honduras after Honduran landowners deported several thousand Salvadorans.
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100. El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated of the seven Central American countries.
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