Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tour across Africa - Cape Verde

Cape Verde has a population of about 500,000 with a growing populating rate of approximately 2.2%
Life expectancy is about 71.years Access to clean water: urban 86%, rural 73% Literacy rate: (men 87%), (women 71%)
Basic facts about Cape Verde

Capital: Praia
Language: Portuguese (Official), Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)
Ethnic Groups %: Mestico (African-Portuguese) 69.6%. Fulani 12.2%, Balanta 10%, Mandyoko 4.6%, Portuguese 2%, other 1.6%.

Religions %: Roman Catholic 91.4%, Muslim 2.8%, other 5.8%

Geography: Strategic location 500km from west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.
Border countries includes: Western Africa, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal.

Natural resources: salt, volcanic rock, clay, gypsum and limestone
Agriculture products: bananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, peanuts; mangoes.

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