Cape Verde travel guide

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Cape Verde is located in Sub-Saharan Africa part of Africa. It's total area is 4K km² and 11.4% of it is forest area. As of 2023 it has a total population of 599K. 68% lives in cities whereas 32% lives in rural areas.
Cape Verde ( (listen)) or Cabo Verde ( (listen), ; Portuguese: [ˈkabu ˈveɾdɨ]), officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, consisting of ten volcanic islands with a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometres (1,557 sq mi). These islands lie between 600 and 850 kilometres (320 and 460 nautical miles) west of Cap-Vert, the westernmost point of continental Africa. The Cape Verde islands form part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, the Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles.

The Cape Verde archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th century, when Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the islands, thus establishing the first European settlement in the tropics. Because the Cape Verde islands were located in a convenient location to play a role in the Atlantic slave trade, Cape Verde became economically prosperous during the 16th and 17th centuries, attracting merchants, privateers, and pirates. It declined economically in the 19th century after the suppression of the Atlantic slave trade, and many of its inhabitants emigrated during that period. However, Cape Verde gradually recovered economically by becoming an important commercial center and useful stopover point along major shipping routes. In 1951, Cape Verde was incorporated as an overseas department of Portugal, but its inhabitants continued to campaign for independence, which they achieved in 1975.

Since the early 1990s, Cape Verde has been a stable representative democracy and has remained one of the most developed and democratic countries in Africa. Lacking natural resources, its developing economy is mostly service-oriented, with a growing focus on tourism and foreign investment. Its population of around 483,628 (as of the 2021 Census) is mostly of mixed African and European heritage, and predominantly Roman Catholic, reflecting the legacy of Portuguese rule. A sizeable Cape Verdean diaspora community exists across the world, especially in the United States and Portugal, considerably outnumbering the inhabitants on the islands. Cape Verde is a member state of the African Union.

Cape Verde's official language is Portuguese. It is the language of instruction and government. It is also used in newspapers, television, and radio. The recognized national language is Cape Verdean Creole, which is spoken by the vast majority of the population.

As of the 2021 census the most populated islands were Santiago where the capital Praia is located (269.370), São Vicente (74.016), Santo Antão (36.632), Fogo (33.519) and Sal (33.347). The biggest cities are Praia (137.868), Mindelo (69.013), Espargos (24.500) and Assomada (21.297).

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💬 Languages

Portuguese is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Cape Verdean escudo [1 USD = 101.724 CVE].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

We don't have any data for credit card usage in Cape Verde.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 758K tourists arrived to Cape Verde. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Cape Verde economy with a total of 567M $ income (%56.5).

📱 Bandwidth

Broadband is 🐌slow with 10.94 Mbps.

Broadband (0.38 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is ☀️ 23 °C and hot. Current 3 months (July, August and September) average is 🔥 25 °C and very hot. Current season (summer) is ☀️ 24 °C and hot.
Yearly average23 °C ☀️
3 month average25 °C 🔥
Spring average22 °C ☀️
Summer average24 °C ☀️
Fall average25 °C 🔥
Winter average22 °C ☀️
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2023, gross national income (GNI) was 2.6B $ and with %5.1 increase GNI per capita was 4.3K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %7.9.

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