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Population: 6.1 million

Literacy Rate: 84.5%

Language: Spanish (official), Nahua

Religion: Roman Catholic 57.1%, Protestant 21.2%, None 16.8%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.9%, Mormon 0.7%, other religions 2.3%


El Salvador

Although it may be the smallest country in Central America, El Salvador is the most densely populated with more than six million people. It has seen its share of violence during the 1970s and 80s, which consisted of armed conflict that raged until 1992, leaving about a fifth of the population either killed or displaced. Since then, the country has worked to build peace among its people, but there is still plenty of work to be done. The health and education system is in disarray and income distribution is very unequal. Nonetheless, progress is moving forward in this coffee and sugar-producing Caribbean country.

In 2011, El Salvador’s Young Life (Vida Joven) areas began to be established, and support is continuing to build for the work being done there. As the group of leaders grows in Popotlán, a future for Young Life in the capital of San Salvador continues to become brighter.

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