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Learn more about Cape Verde.
Flag of Cape Verde Cape Verde
Population: 415,294 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Praia
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An Introduction to 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 resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cape Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cape Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cape Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

Cape Verde map

Map of Cape Verde ( Location ) : 16 00 N, 24 00 W, Western Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal. For additional reports and educational information specific to Cape Verde, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Cape Verdean Flag
Three horizontal bands of light blue (top, double width), white (with a horizontal red stripe in the middle third), and light blue; a circle of 10 yellow five-pointed stars is centered on the hoist end of the red stripe and extends into the upper and lower blue bands.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Cape Verde.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.73%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 66.83 yrs - Male
    • 73.54 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 71,700 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 2,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 73,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .cv

Did you know ... People from Cape Verde are called Cape Verdeans
 

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