Life in El Salvador


Foreign Agents Registration Law

Foreign Agents Registration Law Brings Criticism to President Bukele


The proposed Foreign Agents Registration law requires that any person or organization in El Salvador carrying out activities that directly or indirectly respond to foreign interests be registered as foreign agents. Failure to register by the individual or organization could result in financial penalties and the possibility of prison time. … Read more

Finance Minister Zelaya

Finance Minister Files Notice Against NGO for $50 Million Tax Evasion


To enforce the Salvadoran Anti-Evasion Plan, the Minister of Finance, Alejandro Zelaya, presented to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) two notices for crimes of alleged tax evasion and money laundering for $50 million. According to Zelaya, the notices correspond to operations carried out by a single NGO from a tax … Read more

IMF

El Salvador Needs Policy Changes to get IMF Financing – IMF Spokesman


Gerry Rice, IMF spokesman stated in a November 4, 2021, press conference that to get financing with the International Monetary Fund, El Salvador’s government needs to change some of its policies. Talks between the Salvadoran government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to seal a loan valued at 1.3 billion … Read more

All Souls Day El Salvador

The ‘Day of the Dead’ sparks painful memories of violence in El Salvador


El Salvador is full of marvelous customs and traditions. Yet, there is one Salvadoran celebration that not many look forward to, me included: The “Day of the Dead” or All Souls Day, when like in many other countries with Christian backgrounds, families visit graveyards to commemorate their deceased loved ones. … Read more

Water Pollution in El Salvador

Water Pollution in El Salvador. Getting Worse Every Year


The water pollution in El Salvador is getting worse every year. A 2020 report by the Salvadoran Ministry of the Environment revealed that 71% of Salvadoran river waters are qualified as bad, and 7.4% as poor. The country has less drinkable water due to the contamination of rivers, lakes, ponds, … Read more

Rural El Salvador

The Struggles of Living in Rural Areas of El Salvador


It is 4 a.m. in rural Ahuachapan in western El Salvador. Rogelio Campos, a worker on a private farm that grows corn and beans and raises cattle and pigs, has already been awake for 30 minutes, ready to start his working day. His wife Maria has been awake for longer. She makes the coffee and … Read more

Legal Currency of El Salvador

Legal Currency of El Salvador. All of El Salvador Legal Currencies


The legal currencies of El Salvador are the United States dollar, the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, and the Salvadoran Peso or Colon. The U.S. dollar is El Salvador’s legal currency used regularly; this is the legal tender used for most local and international transactions; Bitcoin is second. Since September 2021, El Salvador … Read more