Cape Verde

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INFORMATION

Capital: Praia

Government: Republic

Current President: Jorge Carlos Fonseca

Economy:

  • Service oriented with commerce, transport, tourism and public services accounting for about 75% of GDP.
  • Because of a lack of natural resources, Cape Verde imports about 82% of its food.

Population: 536,000 (2014)

Land Size: 4,033 sq km (1,557 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Creole (mulatto): 71%
  • African: 28%
  • European: 1%
Religions:

  • Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs)
  • Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Language(s):

  • Portuguese (official)
  • Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)

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