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Country (long form) Republic of Cape Verde
Capital Praia
Total Area 1,557.15 sq mi
4,033.00 sq km
(slightly larger than Rhode Island)
Population 405,163 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 380,614
Languages Portuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)
Literacy 71.6% total, 81.4% male, 63.8% female (1995 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs); Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)
Life Expectancy 65.93 male, 72.6 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Cape Verdean escudo (CVEsc) = 100 centavos
GDP (per capita) $1,700 (2000 est.)
Industry food and beverages, fish processing, shoes and garments, salt mining, ship repair
Agriculture bananas, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, peanuts; fish
Arable Land 11%
Natural Resources salt, basalt rock, pozzuolana (a siliceous volcanic ash used to produce hydraulic cement), limestone, kaolin, fish
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