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   Cape Verde

Introduction:
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.


Official name: Republic of Cape Verde
Capital: name: Praia
geographic coordinates: 14 55 N, 23 31 W
time difference: UTC-1 (4 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: republic
Population: 423,613 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)
Official Currency: Cape Verde Escudo (CVE)
Currency code: CVE
Area: total: 4,033 sq km
land: 4,033 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: temperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and very erratic


Map of Cape Verde
map of Cape Verde


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Facts at a Glance
Geography
People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
Military
Climate
Current Time
Ranking Positions


Notes and Commentary
People
Economy
Government and Political Conditions
Historical Highlights
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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