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Cape Verde - Introduction

Introduction to Cape Verde

Acacia and Euphorbia trees

The islands of the Cape Verde archipelago are windy, hilly and dry - almost lunar - and fairly sleepy. But there's beauty in them thar parched hills. And some of the islands are actually lush. There's good diving and hiking, lively nightlife and plenty of quiet corners to hide away in.

Full country name: Republic of Cape Verde
Area: 4,030 sq km
Population: 401,343
Capital City: Praia
People: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%
Language: Portuguese
Religion: Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs), Protestant
Government: republic
Head of State: President Pedro Pires
Head of Government: Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves
GDP: US$581 million
GDP per capita: US$1,450
Annual Growth: 7%
Inflation: 4.3%
Major Industries: food and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair, bananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, peanuts, fish
Major Trading Partners: Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Malaysia, The Netherlands, US

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