Cape Verde Facts And Figures

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Data Available for Cape Verde collected from the CIA Factbook - Cape Verde

Country Name:

Conventional long form: Republic of Cape Verde

Conventional short form: Cape Verde

Local long form: Republica de Cabo Verde

Local short form: Cabo Verde

Cape Verde location:

A group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of West Africa and west of Senegal

Cape Verde Area:

4033 km2

Coastline:

963 km

Water:

360 sq km

Land Boundaries:

0 km

Coastline:

965 km (North Atlantic)

Currency:

he Cape Verde escudo (CVE) is pegged to the Euro at the nominal rate of 1Euro = 110.265 CVE.

Currency Code:

CVE

Climate:

Temperate; warm, dry summers; low and erratic rainfall

Terrain:

Steep, rugged, rocky, volcanic

Natural Resources:

Salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum

Geography:

Cape Verde is at a strategic location 500 km from west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; it is an important communications station; essential sea and air refuelling site

Population:

423,613 (July 2007 est.)

Age Structure:

0-14 years: 39% (male 82,249/female 80,752)

15-64 years: 54.3% (male 110,119/female 116,816)

65 years and over: 6.8% (male 10,599/female 17,689) (2005 est.)

Average Age:

Total: 19.4 years

Male: 18.62 years

Female: 20.25 years (2005 est.)

Population Growth Rate:

0.67% (2005 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

Religions:

Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs); Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Languages:

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

GOVERNMENT:

Government Type:

A democratic republic

Capital:

Praia

Independence:

5 July 1975 (from Portugal)

COMMUNICATIONS

Telephone Main Lines in Use:

73,400 (2005)

Cellular Telephones:

81,700 (2005)

Internet Users:

25,000(2005)

TRANSPORTATION:

Highways:

Total: 10,000 km

Paved: 360 km

Cobbled: 5,000 km (2007 est.)

Ports and Harbours:

Mindelo, Praia, Tarrafal

Airports:

9, of which 4 are international and 5 are national.


International: Amilcar Cabral International Airport, Sal Island; Francisco Mendes International Airport, Santiago Island; Rabil, Boa Vista Island; Sao pedro, Sao Vicente.


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