Republic of Cape Verde is located in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of the African Continent, with a population of 531,046,
making it the 1
72nd largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Praia with a total population of 127,899. The
country encompasses 4,033 square kilometers making it the 17
6th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
the North Atlantic Ocean.

President Jorge Carlos F
onseca is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote and holds
that position for five years and is eligible for a second term. Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves is recognized as the
Head of Government and achieves that status through nomination by the National Assembly and appointment by the
President and holds that position five years. Its form of government is a republic and they celebrate the creation of their
constitution on 22nd of September 1995.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Portuguese and Crioulo. It counts among its major religions Roman
Catholic infused with indigenous beliefs and Protestant. As sources of mass communication it has 22 FM and 1 Television

Major geographical features are Mount Fogo, its highest point at 2,829 meters and the Atlantic Ocean, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterway is the Atlantic Ocean, which measures 965 kilometers of coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are food and beverages, fish processing,
shoes and garments, salt mining and ship repair. Its official currency is Cape Verdean Escudo.

Here’s something you may not know about Cape Verde. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the
Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important
coaling and re-supply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping.
Praia on Sao Tiago
Island- Cape Verde's
capital and largest city
Mindelo, San Vincente
Sunset on Sao Nicolau
Restaurant on tiny
Brava Island looking
towards Fogo Island
Road to Sal Rei on
Boa Viata Island
Santo Antao Island-
The city of  Sal on
Santa Maria Island
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Updated 25 March 2013
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.04% (2001 est.)


Burnt our wreckage of
the Georges A. Rocha
off Mindelo on San
Vincente Island
The Atlantic Ocean-
Cape Verde's lowest
point and principle
Mount Fogo on Fogo
Island- an active
volcano and Cape
Verde's highest point
Cachupa- a traditional
Cape Verdean dish
made from corn, a
selection of meats, a
variety of beans,
vegetables like sweet
potatoes, manioc
cabbage and squash
and different types of
Cape Verde folksinger
Cesaria Evora in
traditional dress
Cacacho on Brava
Island- Cape Verde's
southernmost point
Ponto do Sol on Santo
Antao- Cape Verde's
northernmost point
Porto Ferreira on Boa
Vista- Cape Verde's
westernmost point
Terrafel at the foot of
Monte Trigo on Santo
Antao- Cape Verde's
westernmost point
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