El Salvador is the smallest of the Central American countries and it has enjoyed tremendous economic growth since the end of the 1992 civil war. El Salvador's foreign debt is relatively low and the economy's stability has earned the country an outstanding international credit risk rating. El Salvador is the third largest economy in the region [behind Costa Rica and Panama].
Much of this success may be attributable to the Salvadoran government's emphasis on a market-oriented rather than an import-substitution strategy. The services sector accounted for 64% of the country's GDP, followed by the industrial sector with 24% of GDP. Agriculture is the other significant economic sector.
El Salvador, which has an area of 20,935 sq. km. (8,083 sq. mi.) and is located on the Pacific Coast of Central America, has a population of 5,800,000. The official language is Spanish and its currency is the US dollar.