Country Description

General information

Official name: Republic of  Cape Verde

Government: Republic

Area: 4,033 sq. km

Capital: Praia

Official languages: Portuguese

Other languages: Creole

Population: 540,000 (2015 census)

Religions: Christians (92%), Protestants (7%), Muslims (1%)

Political Data

Independence day: 5 July 1975 from Portugal

Structure of Government:

Executive: The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote for a 5-year term (renewable once only). The President appoints the Prime Minister basing himself on the results of the elections. Ministers are appointed or dismissed by the President in consultation with the Prime minister.

Legislative: Unicameral National Assembly. Members are directly elected by absolute majority popular vote and serve 5-year terms.

Judicial: The supreme Court is the highest court of the country.

Foreign policy: Cape Verde is a member of UN, AU, IOC, IMF,WHO, WTO, WIPO, UNESCO, UNHCR, ILO,  Legis-PALOP, etc.

Economic Data

GDP: 2,1  billion USD (IMF est. 2014)

Main economic resources: salt, pozzolan (cement additive), Fishing, (lobster and tuna) bananas, millet, sweet potatoes, tourism, etc.

Legal System

Civil law system of Portugal.

Useful Links

National: Constitution and Cape Verde Government portal.

Regional: Visit the website of: AU, ECOWAS, Legis-PALOP,

International: United Nations Treaty  Online Collection

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