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El Salvador

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

El Salvador - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



6 765 753 (2020 projection) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


El Salvador - Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

El Salvador - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 14th April 2021

El Salvador - Languages


About 92% of the population speak the official language, Spanish External. There are some 12 000 speakers of Kekchí External (also known as Quecchí or Cacché); 37 000 speakers of Lenca External in the town of Chilango and 20 speakers of Pipil External (or Nahuat).

El Salvador - Personal names and forms of address


The abbreviation used for Señorita in El Salvador is Srta.

Each person usually has a given name followed by two family names, that of the father followed by that of the mother, for example:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez

Upon marriage, females may take their husband’s name as a further given name, in this way:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez de Lopez

where the de indicates “(wife) of”. De usually indicates a married female, but may also be part of a name.

Forms of address are usually written followed by the person’s full name.

Professional people are often referred to by their qualification, followed by the given name and paternal family name (and sometimes the maternal family name):

   Doctor (m) / Doctora (f) (Dr/Dra)        Doctor, Ph.D.
   Ingeniero (m) / Ingeniera (f) (Ing.)     Engineer
   Licenciado (m) / Licenciada (f) (Lic.)   Holder of a university degree

This in turn may be preceded by the honorific in this way:

   Señor Doctor OrlandoMorales
   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

El Salvador - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 25th June 2020

Addresses are written in the following format:

   Recipient name
   {thoroughfare type []}Thoroughfare name[ ]house number

For example:


The CP is not required in front of the postal code, but is often used. The postal code may also be found written before the settlement name:

   1702 ILOPANGO 

The word Col. (Colonia, meaning “section”) may be used instead of a thoroughfare type. No and # may be used interchangeably.

Calle, the Spanish word for street, is rarely written. The Spanish thoroughfare type, when included, is written before, and separately from, the thoroughfare name. It should be written with the first letter in lower case.

For further information about address components, please refer to the chapter on Spain.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

El Salvador - Post office box


This is written Apartado Postal.

El Salvador - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 25th June 2020

The postal code consists of a block of 4 digits (previous to 1997 this was 5 digits), usually preceded by the letters “CP”. The first two digits indicate the department (province) and can be only 11-17, 21-23 or 31-34. The final two digits point to the delivery office.

The postal code is hardly used.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

El Salvador - Postal code format graphic


El Salvador - Postal code format

El Salvador - Postal code specifics

El Salvador - Postal code regular expression


El Salvador - Postal code level of coverage


El Salvador - Postal code map

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El Salvador - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 25th June 2020

El Salvador has 14 departments External (departamentos, singular - departamento), which are used in addresses. They are:

Department Postal code range
Ahuachapán External 21
Cabañas External 12
Chalatenango External 13
Cuscatlán External 14
La Libertad External 15
La Paz External 16
La Unión External 31
Morazán External 32
San Miguel External 33
San Salvador External 11
Santa Ana External 22
San Vicente External 17
Sonsonate External 23
Usulután External 34

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in El Salvador


El Salvadorean telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers have 8 digits. Mobile numbers commence with a 6 or 7.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

Properties with value El Salvador


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/elsalvador/admin/ External 20230111

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