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Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Its largest island, Santiago, is home to the current capital, Praia. Santiago is also home to the old capital, Cidade Velha, with clifftop fortress Forte Real de São Felipe.

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

Ethnic Groups: Creole or Mulatto 71%, African 28%, Portuguese or other European 1%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 93%, Protestant 5%


Population: 515134 people (World Rank: 174th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 331 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 92nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.965 %/yr (World Rank: 134th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 75.1 years (World Rank: 96th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 22.7 years (World Rank: 127th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Cape Verde

Country Profile for Cape Verde
United Nations

Cape Verde

Cape Verde - General Information

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Cape Verde
All about Cape Verde as a tourism destination

Pico De Fogo
Highest peak in Cape Verde

Things to do in Cape Verde
Resource for exploring Cape Verde

Portuguese Language Resources:

Study in Brazil
Learn Portuguese by studying in Brazil through AIFS

Government Related:

Cape Verdian Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Cape Verdian Government Websites
by Gunnar Anzinger

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