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: 583,255 (2020)

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 19, 2021: Cabo Verde Wants to Optimize Bilateral Relations With Angola - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [ANGOP] Lobito -- The President of Cabo Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, expressed this Sunday, in Angola's coastal Province of Benguela, his country's willingness to optimize bilateral relations with Angola, through strategic partnerships.
  • Mon - Jul 19, 2021: Reviled Operation Condor recreated - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [CAJ News] NEWS has broken in the past week about the involvement of Colombian mercenaries, trained by the United States, being at the heart of the assassination of Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse.
  • Mon - Jul 19, 2021: Cabo Verde President Stresses Diplomatic Coordination - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [ANGOP] Luanda -- President of the Republic of Cabo Verde Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca praised the political and diplomatic coordination in improving the assertion of CPLP countries in the international arena.
  • Thu - Jul 8, 2021: Silverbacks Want to Seal Qualification in Morocco - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [Monitor] The Silverbacks can lose to both Morocco and Cape Verde and still qualify for next month's Fiba Afrobasket in Kigali, Rwanda.