is a tropical nation
located in Latin America
with a population of approximately 6.2 million people.
El Salvador achieved independence from Spain
and from the Central American Federation[?]
. A 12-year civil war, which cost the lives of some 75,000 people, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms.
El Salvador's is a poor Central American
economy which has been suffering from a weak tax collection system, factory closings, the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch[?]
, and weak world coffee prices. On the bright side, in recent years inflation has fallen to single digit levels, and total exports have grown substantially. The substantial trade deficit has been offset by remittances from the large number of Salvadorans living abroad and from external aid.
From the CIA World Factbook 2000 and the U.S. Department of State website. Not Wikified.
See also: Carlos Famoso Hernandez