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San Salvador Department, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina

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Municipality of San Salvador

[Municipal flag] image by Ivan Sache, 14 May 2017

The municipality of San Salvador (13,228 inhabitants in 2010) is located 200 km east of Paraná.

San Salvador was established on 25 December 1889 by Colonel Miguel Pedro Atanasio Malarín and his sons, Oscar and Nicolás. The new town was named for the colonel's mother, Aurora San Salvador de Malarín. The first settlers were French-speaking colonists coming from the town of Diamante.
The municipality of San Salvador was established in 1913, upgraded to a second-rank municipality in 1935 and a first-rank municipality in 1957.
The San Salvador Department was established on 6 December 1995, encompassing the neighbouring town of General Campos. - Municipal website

San Salvador was proclaimed in the 1950s the National Capital of Rice, the first National Rice Festival being celebrated in the town on 19 June 1953. The 14th National Rice Festival was celebrated on 25-27 November 2016. - Official website

The paddy fields of the Entre Ríos Province (61,718 ha) represents 40% of the national acreage, producing c. 400,000 tons rice per year (45% of the national production), with an average yield of 6.4 t/ha. The San Salvador Department grows 8,050 ha rice producing 64,400 tons rice (12.5% of the provincial production), that is, a yield of 8 t/ha - Córdoba provincial produce exchange

The flag of San Salvador is diagonally divided green-yellow along the ascending diagonal by a celestial blue-white-celestial blue stripe increasing in width from top to bottom. In canton is placed a composite emblem made of a red map of the department, a black half-gearwheel, a yellow rising sun and a golden yellow rice panicle.

The flag was designed by Mabel Rebossio de Quirogo, winner on 29 October 2001 of a public contest organized by the municipality.
The green field is a symbol of the sowing period and of hope, while the yellow field represents rice crops. The diagonal stripes represent the national way to the future.
The rising sun enlightens San Salvador. The gearwheel represents technology, industry and progress. The rice panicle represents the main source of income. - Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 14 May 2017