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Cape Verde

Cape Verde / COVID-19
Population 516,000
Total Confirmed 60770
Active 60365
Total deaths 405
Total recovered 0
Death rate 0.67 %


Cape Verde ( (listen)) or Cabo Verde ( (listen), ) (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, pronounced [ˈkabu ˈveɾdɨ]), officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island nation in the central Atlantic Ocean. The ten volcanic islands in its archipelago have a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometres (1,557 sq mi). The capital Praia, on the southern coast of Santiago island, is located approximately 650 kilometres (400 mi) west of Dakar, Senegal on the Cape Verde Peninsula, the westernmost point of continental Africa. Cape Verde forms a part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles. The archipelago remained uninhabited until the 15th century, when Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the islands, establishing the first European settlement in the tropics. Ideally located for a role in the Atlantic slave-trade, the islands grew prosperous throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, bringing retailers, privateers, and pirates. The suppression of the Atlantic slave-trade from the 19th century resulted in economic decline and emigration. Cape Verde gradually recovered as an important commercial centre and stopover for shipping routes. Integrated as an overseas department of Portugal in 1951, the islands continued to campaign for independence, which they achieved in 1975. Since the early 1990s Cape Verde has functioned as a stable representative democracy, and is still one of the most democratic and developed countries in Africa. Lacking natural resources, its developing economy is mostly service-oriented, with an increasing focus on tourism and foreign investment. Its population of around 550,000 (as of mid 2019) is mostly of mixed African and European heritage, and predominantly Roman Catholic, reflecting the heritage of Portuguese rule. A sizeable diaspora community is present across the world, considerably outnumbering inhabitants on the islands. Cape Verde is a member state of the African Union.

Source: Wikipedia