10 Interesting Facts About El Salvador

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Although El Salvador is just the smallest country in Central America we think it still has a lot to offer. From the so called “football war” to the most goals scored by one side in a Soccer World Cup match. If you have never heard about one of these two things you should definitely continue reading as we tell you all these facts and many more. If you like that article, make sure to share it with your friends and if you are hungry for more random facts, we also have many other facts list.

1. The so called “football war” or also known as “100 hours war” was a brief war between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. The name is based on the fact that the war was waged after El Salvador lost a soccer match against Honduras during a World Cup qualifier game in Mexico leading to riots and deaths on both sides. Looking for even more sports facts? We have plenty of them.

2. When arriving in El Salvador in 1524 conquistador Pedro de Alvarado named the new Spanish province for Jesus Christ “Provincia De Nuestro Señor Jesus Cristo, El Salvador Del Mundo” (engl: ”Province of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World”), which was later abbreviated to El Salvador.

3. With a size of just 8,124 sq mi (21,041 km²) El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America.

4. Coffee exports accounted for 90 percent of the El Salvador’s earnings by the early 20th century.

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5. El Salvador is the only country in Central America without a Caribbean coastline.

6. In 2016, the homicide rate in El Salvador was 103 per 100,000 inhabitants which was the highest rate in the world making it the most violent place in that year.

7. The most goals scored by one side in a Soccer World Cup match is 10. It happened during the 1982 World Cup in Spain between Hungary and El Salvador.

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8. El Salvador has a beach called “Agua” (engl. “Water”), a city called “Sociedad” (engl. “Society”), a river called “Río Lempa” (engl. “Big River”), and some islands called “Isla” (engl. “Islands”).

9. El Salvador has never earned a medal at any Olympic Games.

10. The largest shopping center in Central America is based in San Salvador, El Salvador. It was built in 1970 and is called the “Metrocentro”.

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General Facts about El Salvador

Apart from be above listed fun facts about El Salvador you might also be interested in some more general facts about that country. See them here:

CapitalSan Salvador
Largest CitySan Salvador
Total Area8,124 sq mi (21,041 km²)
Population (2018)6,420,746
PresidentNayib Bukele
Vice PresidentFélix Ulloa
CurrencyUS Dollar

Last Update: July 23, 2020.


Hi I'm Robby and I started this website in 2019. My aim is to share with you all the amazing and unbelievable fun facts I found out during my daily life. I hope you enjoy these fun facts as much as I do and hope that you like my website the same way.

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