Republica de Cabo Verde
conventional long form: Republic of Cape Verde conventional short form: Cape Verde local long form: Republica de Cabo Verde local short form: Cabo Verde
Clock showing the current local time now in Cape Verde Time Zone
Cape Verde Population: 472,000 (UN 2004)
Cape Verde Area: 4,033 sq km (1,557 sq miles)
Capital of Cape Verde : Praia
Cape Verde Major languages: Portuguese, Crioulo
Cape Verde Major religions: Christianity
Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony that is now an independent country. Cape Verde is compromised of 10 islands and five islets. Situated on the west coast of Africa and just over an hours flying time south of the canaries, this group of islands has beaches to die for and a burgeoning tourism trade.
In a decade Cape Verde could be a household name for mass tourism. With multi-million pound investment programmes planned for hotels and infrastructure, the property gold rush is still in its infancy.
Presently, about 130,000 tourists visit Cape Verde each year. By the year 2015 it is anticipated that tourist numbers should increase to about 500,000 per year.
The Cape Verde Government are currently offering tax breaks as incentives for investors and because of the political and financial stability of the islands you can even get an international mortgage.
History of Cape Verde
The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990.
Cape Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cape Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cape Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.
Cape Verde Administrative Districts
Cape Verde consists of 17 municipalities:
- Boa Vista
Cape Verde Websites
Cape Verde Government website: www.governo.cv
What is the International Telephone Dialling Code for Cape Verde ?
The International Dialling Code for Cape Verde is +238.