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El Salvador — the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America — is situated on the Pacific Coast and is largely a Roman Catholic society. Two volcanic ranges line the landscape, and major industries include coffee, sugar and textiles.
Social inequalities and unrest in the 1970's and a vicious civil war in the 1980's compelled many El Salvadoran families to flee to the U.S. and Canada. Today El Salvador is a recovering economy.