interesting facts about Cape Verde

21 Vivacious Facts about Cape Verde

Are you looking to enjoy a slower pace of life or simply wish to head off on a sunny holiday? Take a look at these 21 interesting facts about Cape Verde before you go!

Geographical stats…

  1. Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.
  2. Its nearest neighbours are Western Sahara to the northeast, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia to the east and Guinea-Bissau to the southeast.
  3. If you’re heading off to spend time studying the volcanic islands of Cape Verde or you’d quite like to sample the local drinks on the stunning sandy beaches, head for the coordinates 15.1111° N, 23.6167° W to moor your boat on its golden shores.
  4. The terrain here is steep, rugged, rocky and volcanic! We must say, the beaches here are particularly beautiful!
  5. The total land area of Cape Verde is 1,558 square miles (4,036 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s slightly larger than Cornwall.
  7. Cape Verde’s population was 546,388 in 2017…
  8. …that’s also around the same population as Cornwall.
  9. Residents here are known as Cape Verdeans.
  10. The capital is Praia; it had a population of 131,7179 in 2010.
  11. Cape Verdeans enjoy a temperate climate with very little rainfall throughout the year.
  12. Thanks to the crystal clear waters and natural winds the coastline surrounding Cape Verde is one of the best places in the world for windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving!

Social intricacies

13.  The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese…
14.  …this is because Cape Verde only gained independence from Portugal in 1975!
15.  Cape Verdean Escudo is the official currency here.
16.  The average life span here is 69 years.
17.  Apparently, during WWII Winston Churchill had planned to invade Cape Verde but the plans were called off at the last minute!
18.  It is considered rude to eat in public in Cape Verde without sharing your food, so either eat in private or be prepared to share your sandwich around!

Industry insights…

19.  Cape Verde grows bananas, corn, sweet potatoes and beans; they also catch fish here.
20.  Its industry consists of fish processing, food, beverages, shoes, garments, tourism and salt mining.
21.  Cape Verde exports shoes, garments, fuel, fish and hides.

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