Cape Verde

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'Few places… demonstrate the promise of Africa better than Cape Verde', US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a landmark visit to the archipelago in 2009. 'Some places have certain aspects that can be comparable. But no place has put it all together, with good governance, transparency, accountability, the rule of law, a democracy that is delivering for its people, lifting them out of poverty, putting them now in a category of middle-income countries in the world.'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


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Profile: Cape Verde

In the space of 10 pages the Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: República de Cabo Verde (Republic of Cape Verde)
Head of State: President Jorge Carlos Fonseca (MpD) (9 Sept 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister José María Neves (PAICV) (since 2001; re-elected 6 Feb 2011)
Ruling party: Partido Africano da Independência de Cabo Verde (PAICV) (African Party of Independence of Cape Verde) (since 2001; re-elected 6 Feb 2011)
Area: 4,033 square km (nine islands and 10 islets)
Population: 518,000 (2014)* (491,575; 2010, census figure)
Capital: Praia
Official language: Portuguese and Creole (national language)
Currency: Cape Verde escudo (CVE) = 100 centavos
Exchange rate: CVE99.05 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$3,663 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 1.00% (2014)*
GDP: US$1.90 billion (2014)*
Unemployment: 12.00% (2014)*
Inflation: -0.24% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$609.13 million (2014)*
* estimated figure


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