Living in Cape Verde guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Cape Verde.

About Cape Verde

Unlike most colonies, Cape Verde was uninhabited until the Portuguese sailors discovered and explored the islands, and created the first community. Cape Verde's capital, Praia, was founded in 1615 but became the capital city in 1770.

Each of the ten main islands is worth visiting and has its unique qualities that differ from the other. For example, the rocky hills and green valleys of Santo Antão make it the perfect place for hiking. On the other hand, Boa Vista has beautiful beaches and a peaceful atmosphere. For the expats who love the nightlife, the city of Mindelo in the island of São Vicente hosts lively bars and trendy restaurants.

The climate in Cape Verde is tropical and the warmest month is usually August with an average daily temperature of 27°C. January is the coldest month with pleasant temperatures of about 23°C. Rainfall is low in Cape Verde with a possibility of rain for only three months of the year. As a result, Cape Verde often suffers from droughts.

Cape Verde has a struggling economy that is very much dependent on foreign aid and remittances from its emigrants. Agriculture is an unreliable source of income and produces due to the frequent droughts and poor quality land. Tourism is an important industry for Cape Verde and a growing area of income for the islands. Cape Verde has been praised for its continuous efforts to improve the economy, and professional expats may find upcoming career opportunities in the country.

Quick Information

Currency : Escudo
Area : 4033 Km2
Population : 508659
Calling Code : +238
Timezone : Atlantic/Cape_Verde

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