Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)



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*The group of islands was named Cabo Verde, meaning Green Cape, by the Portuguese in 1444. As time passed, the name was anglicized to Cape Verde. Since 2013, the government decided that the Portuguese Cabo Verde would henceforth be used for official purposes, and requests that the rest of the world respects this name change.

Capital: Praia

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Jorge Carlos Fonseca


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

Population: 560,899 (2017)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

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

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


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



  • Mon - Jul 16, 2018: Angola's Minister Melo Highlights Public Press Role - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [ANGOP] Ilha Do Sal -Angola's minister of Media João Melo said Friday in Cabo Verde that the state-run press should continue to play its role in the coming decades.
  • Wed - Jul 11, 2018: Govt Backs Cape Verde in Bid for Tarrafal As World Heritage Site - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [ANGOP] Cabinda -The republics of Angola and Cabo Verde manifested on Tuesday in Cabinda, Angolan northern province, the intention to file a joint bid in UNESCO for the former Tarrafal Camp, in Cabo Verde, to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.
  • Mon - Jul 9, 2018: Cabo Verde Reaffirms Reinforcement of Cultural Cooperation With Angola - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [ANGOP] Mbanza Kongo -The minister of culture of Cabo Verde's, Abraão Vicente, reaffirmed this Sunday in Mbanza Kongo the commitment to reinforce cooperation with Angola in the various cultural domains, with particular emphasis on museology and preservation of cultural heritage.
  • Wed - Jul 4, 2018: HBD Invests Close to 17-Million Euro in Sundy Praia - General Manager - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [Ghanaian Times] HBD, the tourism development company, says it will continue to invest in hotel and tourism facilities on the island of Sao Tome and Principe to help preserve and enhance the ecosystem of the surrounding waters and islets.