Cape Verde Islands lie off the coast of West Africa just south of the Tropic of Cancer. Cape Verde's strategic location at the crossroads of trade routes between Europe, Africa and the Americas led to early colonisation by the Portugese. Today, remnants of this period remain, particularly in the hisoric town of Cidade Velha, while the Creole race that developed between the Portugese and native Africans have created a unique and very hospitable Cape Verdean culture. The islands are also renowned for their spectacular landscapes, from the alpine mountains and deep, green ribeiras of Santo Antao to the volcanic cones and craters of Pico de Fogo. Explore in depth highlights of Cape Verde.

Travel Information for Cape Verde
Time zone:GMT -1 (Cape Verde standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Crioulo, Portuguese
Currency: Cape Verdean escudos (CVE)

1 = Esc110, $1 = Esc98.83, £1 = Esc131

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.cvInternational Dialling Code:    238

For help planning your trip to Cape Verde including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Cape Verde trip planning page.

Further information on Cape Verde

Discover more about Cape Verde - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of cape_verde

Total area: 4,033 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 965 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Climate: Temperate climate, warm and dry with little rain.

Highest mountain: Mt. Fogo (2,829m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Cape Verde from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 31/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 60/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 36/179
ILGA LGBT rightsSome rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 42/174
Overall Ranking:    37/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Cape Verde     Status: Independent Country

Population: 538,535 (rank: 166/196)     Density: 133.5 people/sq km (rank: 62/196)

Ethnic groups: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

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

GDP (PPP): $2.22 billion       GDP per capita: $4,400 (rank: 138/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.