Life in El Salvador

Financial Exclusion Survey

2022 Survey on El Salvador’s financial inclusion

The Salvadoran Central Reserve Bank (BCR) presented the results of a survey regarding the financial inclusion of the Salvadoran population. The surveys asked Salvadorans about savings accounts, loans, insurance, having retirement or pension accounts, Cryptocurrencies, and using traditional or digital financial channels. Financial inclusion is a problem affecting the majority … Read more

Religion in El Salvador

Religion in El Salvador. What are the main religions in El Salvador?

Religion is a big part of El Salvador’s history and culture. 41.9% of Salvadorans are Roman Catholic, 35.9% are Evangelical Christians, 19.9% have no religious affiliation, 1.3% are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 0.9% belong to other religions; according to a March 2022 survey by the Central American University UCA. Although many … Read more

Safest month in El Salvador

November 2022, the safest month in El Salvador since the end of the Civil War

November 2022 is the safest month in El Salvador since 1991 when the Salvadoran civil war ended. This month, the Salvadoran National Police reported 21 homicides for a 0.70 daily murder rate; it includes 13 civilians and eight suspected gang members who died in confrontations with Salvadoran security forces. November … Read more

El Salvador Homicide Rate

El Salvador Homicide Rate from 2010 to 2022. Daily murder rate for 2022 is 1.8 as of November 30

El Salvador’s homicide rate in 2021 was 3.1 per day or 18 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; it is a substantial decline from the previous year. The Murder rate in El Salvador has steadily dropped since its worst year in 2015, which had 103 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants or 18.2 murders … Read more

El Salvador Territorial Control Plan

El Salvador Territorial Control Plan. President Nayib Bukele Plan Control Territorial

El Salvador Territorial Control Plan or Plan Control Territorial has seven phases; the first five are preparation, opportunity, modernization, incursion, and extraction. Phases six and seven have not been made public and are scheduled to be implemented before the end of Nayib Bukele’s presidency. The Bukele administration credit its security … Read more

Xiomara Castro President of Honduras

Honduran President Xiomara Castro declared a state of exception

Honduran President Xiomara Castro declared a state of exception as extortion cases reached uncontrollable levels, raising fears she may be inspired by controversial but widely popular measures in neighboring El Salvador. The measures will suspend some constitutional rights in urban areas with a significant presence of criminal groups, deploy 20,000 national police officers, and institute security checks on roads, among other steps to clamp down on gangs, reported Reuters … Read more

Tecoluca Jail El Salvador

Why Mega-Prisons Holding Tens of Thousands Won’t Make a Difference in El Salvador

A mixture of heavy-handed government policies, a lack of funding, and corruption has led to Latin America’s prisons being overcrowded hotbeds of violence and incubators for criminal activity. Mega-prisons, housing tens of thousands of prisoners in one spot, only seem to make things worse. In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele’s gang crackdown, which has led … Read more

Surfing in El Salvador