Cape (Cabo) Verde

Flag of Cape Verde


Cape Verde on World Map

Continent Africa

Region – Western Africa

Size – 4,033 km²

Geography – Group of rocky, volcanic islands

Language – Portuguese

Religion – Mostly Roman Catholic, some Protestant,

Monetary Unit – Cape Verdean escudo

Natural Resources – salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum

Agriculture – bananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, peanuts; fish

Industry – food and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair

Map of Cape Verde

Neighbouring Countries – None – group of islands

Population – 538,535 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 0.60%

Average Life Expectancy – 71

Capital City – Praia (population 130,271)

Highest Mountain – Fogo (2,829 m)

Longest River – No significant rivers

Climate – Temperate – warm, dry all year 19°C to 29°C

Yearly Rainfall –  South -26cm (approx) mostly in August and September


Plant Life – Most natural vegetation cleared for agriculture – bananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee

Animal Life – Limited – long-eared bat is the only native mammal

Bird Life – 75 species of bird

Aquatic Life – dory, sawfish, victor fish, moray, grouper, tuna, dolphins, whales, lobster, crab, shellfish


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Cape Verde. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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