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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Cape Verde
conventional short form: Cape Verde
local long form: Republica de Cabo Verde
local short form: Cabo Verde
Gevernment typerepublic
Capital name: Praia
geographic coordinates: 14 55 N, 23 31 W
time difference: UTC-1 (4 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionthree horizontal bands of light blue (top, double width), white (with a horizontal red stripe in the middle third), and light blue; a circle of 10 yellow five-pointed stars is centered on the hoist end of the red stripe and extends into the upper and lower blue bands
CurrencyCape Verdean escudo (CVE)
Internet country code.cv
Ports and terminalsMindelo, Praia, Tarrafal
Agriculture productsbananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, peanuts; fish
Industriesfood and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair
Geography
LocationWestern Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal
Coordinates16 00 N, 24 00 W
ContinentPolitical Map of the World
Area total: 4,033 sq km
land: 4,033 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline965 km
Climatetemperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and very erratic
Terrainsteep, rugged, rocky, volcanic
Natural resourcessalt, basalt rock, limestone, kaolin, fish, clay, gypsum
Natural hazardsprolonged droughts; seasonal harmattan wind produces obscuring dust; volcanically and seismically active
People
Population420,979 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsCreole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%
ReligionsRoman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs); Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)
LanguagesPortuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)

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