Facts And Figures Cape Verde

Cape Verde location: Western Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal.

Cape Verde Area: 4033 km²

Coastline: 963 km

Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE) Example 200.00CVE = 1.81

Climate: Temperate; warm, dry.

Natural Resources: fish, salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, clay, gypsum

Population: 418,224 (July 2005 est.)

Age Structure:

  • 0-14 years: 39% (male 82,249/female 80,752)
  • 15-64 years: 54.3% (male 110,119/female 116,816)
  • 65 years and over: 6.8% (male 10,599/female 17,689) (2005 est.)

Population Growth Rate: 0.67% (2005 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

Religions: Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs) Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words), English

Government Type: Republic

Capital: Praia

Independence: 5th July 1975 (from Portugal)