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)



  • Wed - Oct 20, 2021: João Lourenço Congratulates Cape Verdean President-Elect - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [ANGOP] Luanda -- The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, this Tuesday congratulated the newly elected President of Cape Verde, José Maria Neves, for the victory achieved in the Presidential Elections on the 17th of this month.
  • Tue - Oct 19, 2021: Cape Verde - Jose Maria Elected President - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [Cameroon Tribune] This was after the General Directorate for Support to the Electoral Process and the National Election Commission, made public the provisional results.
  • Tue - Oct 19, 2021: Congratulations On Cabo Verde's 2021 Presidential Elections - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [State Department] On behalf of the United States, I am pleased to congratulate President-elect José Maria Neves on his victory in Cabo Verde's presidential election on October 17 as well as the people of Cabo Verde.
  • Mon - Oct 18, 2021: Former Prime Minister Neves Wins Presidential Elections - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -- According to provisional results, former prime minister José Maria Neves won the presidential election in the first round the candidate of the historic Left Party in Cape Verde (PAICV). The results were made public on Sunday, October 17.  He won with 51.5% of the vote, the absolute majority required to be elected in the first round.
  • Mon - Oct 11, 2021: Madagascar Earn First Win, Equatorial Guinea Deny Zambia, and Cape Verde Win Late - AllAfrica News: Cape Verde
    [CAF] Madagascar earned their first victory in the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup with a hard earned 1-0 victory over DR Congo on Sunday evening to revive faint hopes of battling for a ticket to the quadrennial showpiece.