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Cape Verde

Background

Cape Verde

The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cape Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cape Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cape Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

About

Cape Verde (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, Kriolu: Kabu Verdi) is a country in West Africa. It comprises a group of islands of the Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal. It is part of the region of Islands collectively known as Macaronesia.

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Cape Verde

Cape VerdeHotel Sabura 

Urbanizacao de Ponta preta, 2E
Santa Maria
Sal 4111
Cape Verde

Price (US$): $141 - $142 / night

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Location. Hotel Sabura is located in Sal's Santa Maria neighborhood, close to Praia de Santa Maria. Hotel Features. Hotel Sabura features a restaurant. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Complimentary guest parking is limited, and available on a first come, first served basis. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and air… more »

Cape VerdeIberostar Club Boa Vista 

Areia de Chaves
Boa Vista
Cape Verde

Price (US$): $235 - $283 / night

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Location. Iberostar Club Boa Vista is located on the beach in Boa Vista, close to Praia da Chave. Other regional attractions include Praia de Santa Monica. Property Features. This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. In addition to 2 restaurants, Iberostar Club Boa Vista offers 2 coffee shops/cafés and a snack bar/deli… more »

Cape VerdeMeliá Tortuga Beach 

Urbanizacao da Cabocan ZDTI Ponta Preta
Santa Maria
Sal
Cape Verde

Price (US$): $256 - $1397 / night

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Location. Meliá Tortuga Beach is located on the beach in Sal's Santa Maria neighborhood, close to Praia de Santa Maria. Property Features. This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. In addition to 4 restaurants, Meliá Tortuga Beach offers a coffee shop/café and a grocery. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a… more »

Cape VerdeClubHotel Riu Funana - All Inclusive 

Cabocan Lote A2, A3
Santa Maria
Cape Verde

Price (US$): $183 - $184 / night

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Location. ClubHotel Riu Funana All Inclusive is located on the beach in Sal's Santa Maria neighborhood, close to Praia de Santa Maria. Hotel Features. This hotel is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. ClubHotel Riu Funana All Inclusive features a beach bar and a poolside bar. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an… more »

Cape VerdeHotel Dunas de Sal 

Caixa Postal 12 Ponta Preta
Sal 4111
Cape Verde

Price (US$): $156 - $276 / night

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Location. Hotel Dunas de Sal is located in Sal's Santa Maria neighborhood, close to Praia de Santa Maria. Hotel Features. Hotel Dunas de Sal features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 3.5 star property has a business center. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property… more »

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Cape Verde

Full name
Republic of Cape Verde
Capital
Praia
Location

Western Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal

Geographic coordinates

16 00 N, 24 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than Rhode Island

Coastline

965 km

Climate

temperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and erratic

Terrain

steep, rugged, rocky, volcanic

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mt. Fogo 2,829 m (a volcano on Fogo Island)

Natural resources

salt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum

Population

508,659 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs), Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Languages

Portuguese (official), Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)

Government type

republic

Independence

5 July 1975 (from Portugal)

National holiday

Independence Day, 5 July (1975)

Chief of state

President Pedro Verona Rodrigues PIRES (since 22 March 2001)

Head of government

Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira NEVES (since 1 February 2001)

Internet country code

.cv

Internet users

150,000 (2009)

Airports

10 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Porto Grande

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