Size: 175th in world. Slightly larger than Rhode Island.
Currency: Cape Verdean escudo
What makes this nation unique?
Their culture is a unique mixture of European and African elements. National identity is rather fragmented, mainly as a result of the geographical division of the islands. The northern, or barlavento islands, tend to identify more with the Portuguese colonizers, whereas the southern, or sotavento islands (Santiago in particular) have a closer cultural affinity with Africa. The natives have a strong sense of pride in the specific culture of their own island.
Ethnic Relations. the nation is a mestizo society. Seventy-eight percent of the population is Creole, that is, of mixed African and European blood. Of the remainder, 28 percent is black African, and 1 percent is white.
Santa Maria, Sal [Image courtesy of webpages.fc.ul.pt]
What is the major contributor to the economy?
The economy is primarily based on agriculture although only 10 percent of the land is arable. Roughly one-third of the population are farmers. The islands produce bananas, corn, beans, sugarcane, coffee, and some fruits and vegetables, but supply less than one-fifth of the country's needs. Much of the rest comes in the form of aid from the United States, Portugal, Holland, and other countries in western Europe. Remittances from Cape Verdeans living abroad also make a considerable contribution to the economy and GNP.
Agriculture accounts for one-third of the GNP, services and transportation for one-half. This is due, in part to the growth of tourism which has been enhanced by the construction of luxury hotels and resorts on several islands. Construction comprises nearly one-fourth of the GNP as the country continues to urbanize and the population expands.
Hot tourist destination Sal [Image courtsey of africa-travel-guide.com]
"Walking through these Islands is like giving a blind man eyes."
The video below accurately showcases the splendor, beauty and unquestionable potential of the rich islands.
Zouk is a style of rhythmic music originating from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Zouk means 'party' in the local creole of French with English and African influences, all three of which contribute the sound. In Europe, it is particularly popular in France, while on the African islands of Cape Verde they have developed their own type of Zouk.
I am a huge admirer of Zouk, and this great nation produces this type of music perfectly. Check out the play list on the top right-hand side, "Cape Verde tunes," to find out for yourself. Discover great Zouk musicians like Kora award winner, Suzanna Lubrano.
Suzanna Lubrano in the Hague
The islands are strategically located which illustrates it is a bed of opportunity for trade, tourism and investment. It has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. The sky is the limit for this resplendent nation with wonderful people.
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Cape Verdean food: Cachupa Not rated yet Cachupa is a famous dish from the Cape Verde islands, West Africa. This slow cooked stew of corn (hominy), beans, and fish or meat (sausage, beef, goat, …