Weather in Cape Verde

The climate in Cape verde is very stable all year round, normally without any adverse events. The islands receive very little rainfall, on average 90 mm per year. Most of the rain falls in September, and a few isolated showers in October. The humidity is low, and most visitors describe the climate as very pleasant. Temperature is from 25-31 degrees, with the warmest period being from July to October. A gentle breeze is normally present, and combined with low humidity, its an almost ideal setting. As a result, buying investment property in Cape Verde is becoming more and more popular. The islands are not affected by tropical storms or hurricanes, despite that many tropical storms are created around the islands.

Safety in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a safe country without any terrorist organisations. The rule of law is acknowledged just like in Europe. Nevertheless, you should not be naïve as a traveller because minor thefts are prevalent in the larger cities and on highly frequented beaches since the establishment of tourism. In particular, you should be careful in Praia on Santiago, especially at night. Another place to act with caution is in Mindelo on São Vicente. It’s sad to note that street children are hired to steal and there are occasional robberies (mostly at night) here. Please take precautions, especially on the path to the Santa Monica beach.
When visiting the above-mentioned locations, do not show off your wealth. Leave your passport and larger amounts of money in the hotel safe.

The culture of Cape Verde

The culture of Cape Verde is characterised by a mixture of European and African elements. This is not a sum of two cultures living side by side, but a new culture resulting from an exchange that began in the 15th century. The Cape Verdean case may be situated in the common context of African nations, in which elites, who questioned European racial and cultural superiority and who in some cases undertook a long armed struggle against European imperialism and national liberation, use the rule of Western codes as the main instrument of internal domination. Cape Verdean social and cultural patterns are similar to those of rural Portugal. Football games and church activities are typical sources of social interaction and entertainment. The traditional walk around the praça (town square) to meet friends is practiced regularly in Cape Verde towns.

Official language of Cape Verde

Cape Verde’s official language is Portuguese. It is the language of instruction and government. It is also used in newspapers, television, and radio. Cape Verdean Creole is used colloquially and is the mother tongue of virtually all Cape Verdeans. The national constitution calls for the measures to give it parity with Portuguese. Cape Verdean Creole or Kriolu is a dialect continuum of a Portuguese-based creole. Creole has been gaining prestige since the nation’s independence from Portugal.

Religion in Cape Verde

Christianity is the largest religion in Cape Verde, with Roman Catholics having the most adherents. Different sources give varying estimates on the relative sizes of various Christian denominations. More than 93% of the population of Cape Verde is nominally Roman Catholic, according to an informal poll taken by local churches. About 5% of the population is Protestant. The largest Protestant denomination is the Church of the Nazarene. Other groups include the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of-day Saints, the Assemblies of God, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, the New Apostolic Church and various other Pentecostal and evangelical groups. There are small Bahá’í communities and a small Muslim community. The number of atheists is estimated at less than 1 percent of the population.

Cape Verde Political system

Cape Verde is a stable semi-presidential representative democratic republic. It is among the most democratic nations in Africa, ranking 26th in the world, according to the 2018 Democracy Index. The constitution — adopted in 1980 and revised in 1992, 1995 and 1999 — defines the basic principles of its government. The president is the head of state and is elected by popular vote for a 5-year term. The prime minister is the head of government and proposes other ministers and secretaries of state. The prime minister is nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the president.[citation needed] Members of the National Assembly are elected by popular vote for 5-year terms. Three parties now hold seats in the National Assembly — MPD (36), PAICV (25) and the Cape Verdean Independent Democratic Union (UCID) (3). The judicial system consists of a Supreme Court of Justice — whose members are appointed by the president, the National Assembly, and the Board of the Judiciary — and regional courts. Separate courts hear civil, constitutional, and criminal cases. Appeal is to the Supreme Court. The two main political parties are PAICV and MPD.

Size of Cape Verde

Cape Verde consists of 10 islands, distributed over an area of 4,033 km2. The biggest island is Santiago, which also is home to the capital Praia. The island is 991 km2 and home to almost 300.000 inhabitants. Santo Antão covers 779 km2 and Boa Vista 620 km2.

Largest cities of Cape Verde

In Cape Verde there is a few larger cities, and many small cities and rural areas. The capital, and largest city is Praia, located on the island of Santiago. A population of roughly 130.000 lives here, around 25% of the total population of 520.000 people. Mindelo is the second largest city, with roughly 75.000 inhabitants, and Santa Maria on Sal Island the third largest with around 25.000 inhabitants.