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

Economy:

  • 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: 525,000 (2015)

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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