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 - May 10, 2021: In Cape Verde, Travelling With a Nigerian Passport May Mean Deportation - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [Premium Times] Many Nigerians narrate their experience travelling to Cape Verde, a West African country that appears to discriminate against Africans.
  • Sat - Apr 24, 2021: On World Malaria Day, We Must Step Up Efforts to Combat Malaria - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [IPS] Geneva -- Despite its 229 million cases and 409,000 deaths in 2019, malaria is an overlooked epidemic. The emergence of COVID-19 has thrown health systems into disarray and forced countries to shift their focus from malaria to the pandemic response, threatening to reverse 20 years of malaria gains.
  • Fri - Apr 23, 2021: Congratulations On Cabo Verde's Parliamentary Elections - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [State Department] We congratulate Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva and the Movement for Democracy (MpD) for the party's victory in Cabo Verde's April 18 parliamentary elections. We also would like to express our admiration for the Cabo Verdean people and the transparent conduct of their free and fair elections. Through these peaceful elections--which involved an historic level of participation by women candidates, including by the first female leader of a major party--Cabo Verde has further cemented its position as a
  • Mon - Apr 19, 2021: Prime Minister Declares Victory in Weekend Legislative Elections - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [RFI] Cape Verde's prime minister has declared victory after results showed his party on course to win legislative elections dominated by the Covid pandemic and its impact on the island's tourism-dependent economy.
  • Mon - Apr 19, 2021: Cape Verde Votes As Opposition Bids to Bring First Woman PM to Power - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [RFI] Voters go to the polls in Cape Verde on Sunday following electoral campaigns focused on the Covid-19 crisis and its effect on tourism in the Atlantic Ocean island country.