Largest Cities in Cape Verde
Facts about Cape Verde
Official languages: Portuguese
Area: 4,033 km²
Population: 508,659 residents
Population density: 126.12 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .cv
ISO codes: CV, CPV, 132
The telephone code for Cape Verde is +238
The former Republic of Cape Verde has changed its official name to the Republic of Cabo Verde. The request to change the name was presented to the Secretary General of the UN on October 24, 2013 by the permanent representative of the country.
Cabo Verde is an island state in Africa with nine inhabited islands in the eastern North Atlantic, 460 kilometers off the west coast of Africa. Before they were discovered and settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century, the islands were uninhabited. A new Creole culture emerged from the intermingling of the cultures of European settlers and African slaves.
Similar to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde has a mild oceanic climate. However, tourism is developing only slowly and contributes around ten percent to the gross national product.
Cabo Verde has no mineral resources worth mentioning and suffers from the extremely dry Sahel climate. Only on four islands is there some water for irrigated agriculture, if the annual rain does not fail to materialize. Agricultural production is insufficient for self-sufficiency, so that over 90 percent of food has to be imported.
Biggest Cities of Cape Verde by Population
|1||Praia, Cape Verde||113,475||14.9315||-23.5125|
|2||Mindelo, Cape Verde||70,722||16.8901||-24.9804|
|3||Santa Maria, Cape Verde||17,342||16.598||-22.9051|
|4||Cova Figueira, Cape Verde||15,461||14.8905||-24.2934|
|5||Santa Cruz, Cape Verde||9,599||15.1333||-23.5667|
|6||Pedra Badejo, Cape Verde||9,454||15.1349||-23.5322|
|7||Sao Filipe, Cape Verde||8,300||14.8961||-24.4956|
|8||Assomada, Cape Verde||8,038||15.1||-23.6833|
|9||Tarrafal, Cape Verde||6,574||15.2788||-23.7519|
|10||Espargos, Cape Verde||6,284||16.7552||-22.9446|
|11||Porto Novo, Cape Verde||5,691||17.0197||-25.0647|
|12||Calheta, Cape Verde||5,511||15.1861||-23.5923|
|13||Vila da Ribeira Brava, Cape Verde||5,435||16.6167||-24.3|
|14||Tarrafal de Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde||5,150||16.5662||-24.3579|
|15||Picos, Cape Verde||3,889||15.0836||-23.6324|
|16||Vila do Maio, Cape Verde||3,120||15.1382||-23.2116|
|17||Ribeira Grande, Cape Verde||3,061||17.1856||-25.0724|
|18||Cidade Velha, Cape Verde||2,259||14.9153||-23.6053|
|19||Vila de Sal Rei, Cape Verde||2,233||16.1833||-22.9167|
|20||Sao Domingos, Cape Verde||1,961||15.0244||-23.5625|
|21||Pombas, Cape Verde||1,929||17.1503||-25.0201|
|22||Vila Nova Sintra, Cape Verde||1,924||14.8667||-24.7167|
|23||Porto dos Mosteiros, Cape Verde||588||15.0333||-24.3333|
Cape Verde: Praia
The capital of Cape Verde is called Praia. Praia is located on the largest island of Cape Verde, on Santiago, in the very south. 132,000 people live in Praia. “Praia” means beach. The neighboring town of Ribeira Grande used to be the capital of Cape Verde. In order to save the port fees there, many ships docked in the nearby village of Santa Maria. From this then Praia developed. It has been the capital of Cape Verde since 1770.