Country: Cape Verde

Population: 423,613

Capital: Praia

Time Zone: UTC-1

Currency Name: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)

Government Type: Republic

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

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

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

Major Cities: Praia

Phone Country Code: 238

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: February - March

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays:

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Despite its name, Cape Verde is neither a cape nor is it very green. The islands get their name from the real Cape Verde on the coast of Africa due east of the islands.