Last updated on September 12th, 2018
36. The standard of living in Cape Verde is higher than that of most of the other African nations, thanks to its most stable democracy.
37. Culturally, the Barlavento islands identify more with the Portuguese colonizers while the Sotavento islands identify with the Africans.
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38. Corn is the staple food of Cabo Verde. And Cachupa is their national dish.
39. Sugarcane liquor is a popular drink on the islands, especially among the men.
40. The long-eared bat is the only native animal to the island.
41. Alexander’s Swift, Bourne’s Heron, The Raso Lark, The Cape Verde Warbler, The Iago Sparrow, The Cape Verde Shearwater are some of the native birds to the island.
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42. Tourism plays a predominant role in the country’s economy.
43. Due to the efforts and strategic planning by Cape Verde’s government, poverty levels were down from 37% in 2001 to 27% in 2007.
44. Cape Verde is a popular tourist destination. As compared to 2015, The Archipelago saw a 13.6% increase in tourists in 2016.
45. According to tradingeconomics.com, a whopping 195,163 tourists visited the archipelago in the first quarter of 2017.
46. Praia de Santa Maria beach was voted as one of the top 25 beaches in the world in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice.
47. Sal, one of the windward islands of the archipelago, sees more tourists than any other island in the archipelago. It has a beautiful beach which stretches for 8 kilometers along the coast.
48. There are no railways in Cape Verde.
49. There are seven operational airports in Cape Verde. The country has only one airport which is over 3,047 m in length.
50. Cape Verde has a total road network of 1,350 km.
51. Porto Grande is the major seaport in the country.
52. According to World Bank’s 2007 report, the country has 73 cars for every 1000 people.
Cape Verde – country at a glance
|Independence||5 July 1975 (from Portugal)|
|Total area||4,033 sq km|
|Population||560,899 (July 2017 est.)|
|Government type||parliamentary republic|
|President||Jorge Carlos Fonseca|
|Prime Minister||Ulisses Correia e Silva
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Demonym||Cape Verdean or Cabo Verdean|
|National anthem||"Cantico da Liberdade" (Song of Freedom)|
|Currency||Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)|
|Life expectancy||72.4 years (2017)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||temperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and erratic|
|Terrain||steep, rugged, rocky, volcanic|
|Natural resources||salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum|
|Birth rate||20 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
|Death rate||6 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
|Sex ratio||0.94 male(s)/female (2017 est.)|
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$6,900 (2017 est.)
|Industries||food and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair|
|Exports||$158.6 million (2017 est.)
fuel (re-exports), shoes, garments, fish, hides
|Imports||$724.8 million (2017 est.)
foodstuffs, industrial products, transport equipment, fuels
|National symbol||ten, five-pointed, yellow stars|
|National colors||blue, white, red, yellow|
|Time Zone||CVT (UTC-1)|
|Internet country code||.cv|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||July 15, 2018|