52 Amazing Facts About Cape Verde

Last updated on February 22nd, 2022

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.

Brown Long-Eared Bat.
Brown Long-Eared Bat.

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

Independence5 July 1975 (from Portugal)
Capital CityPraia
14°55′N 23°31′W
Largest CityPraia
14°55′N 23°31′W
Total area4,033 sq km
Population583,255 (July 2020 est.)
Government typeparliamentary republic
PresidentJorge Carlos Fonseca
Prime MinisterUlisses Correia e Silva
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
DemonymCape Verdean or Cabo Verdean
National anthem"Cantico da Liberdade" (Song of Freedom)
National holidayIndependence Day, 5 July (1975)
Official LanguagePortuguese
CurrencyCape Verdean escudo (CVE)
ReligionRoman catholics
Life expectancy at birth73.2 years (2020)
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.
Climatetemperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and erratic
Terrainsteep, rugged, rocky, volcanic
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest pointMt. Fogo (a volcano on Fogo Island) 2,829 m
Natural resourcessalt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum
Agricultural land18.6%
Birth rate19.1 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate5.9 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Sex ratio0.945 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$7,000 (2017 est.)
Industriesfood and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair
Exports$189 million (2017 est.)
fuel (re-exports), shoes, garments, fish, hides
Imports$836.1 million (2017 est.)
foodstuffs, industrial products, transport equipment, fuels
National symbolten, five-pointed, yellow stars
National colorsblue, white, red, yellow
Time ZoneCVT (UTC-1)
Internet country code.cv
Calling Code+238
Drives on theRight
Table last updatedMarch 30, 2020