Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Cape Verde


The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cape Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cape Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cape Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cape Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents. (from the CIA)
 
 

 

Economic Overview

This island economy suffers from a poor natural resource base, including serious water shortages exacerbated by cycles of long-term drought. the economy is service-oriented, with commerce, transport, tourism, and public services accounting for about three-fourths of gdp. although nearly 70% of the population lives in rural areas, the share of food production in gdp is low. about 82% of food must be imported. the fishing potential, mostly lobster and tuna, is not fully exploited. cape verde annually runs a high trade deficit, financed by foreign aid and remittances from emigrants; remittances supplement gdp by more than 20%. economic reforms are aimed at developing the private sector and attracting foreign investment to diversify the economy. future prospects depend heavily on the maintenance of aid flows, the encouragement of tourism, remittances, and the momentum of the government's development program. cape verde became a member of the wto in july 2008.

Environmental Issues

Soil erosion; deforestation due to demand for wood used as fuel; water shortages; desertification; environmental damage has threatened several species of birds and reptiles; illegal beach sand extraction; overfishing

Government Type

Republic

Population

426,998 (july 2008 est.)

Location

Western africa, group of islands in the north atlantic ocean, west of senegal

Area

Total: 4,033 sq km land: 4,033 sq km water: 0 sq km

Slightly larger than rhode island

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: republic of cape verde conventional short form: cape verde local long form: republica de cabo verde local short form: cabo verde

Capital

Name: praia geographic coordinates: 14 55 n, 23 31 w time difference: utc-1 (4 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

Military Service

18 years of age (est.) for selective compulsory military service; 14-month conscript service obligation (2006)

International Disputes

None

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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