Capital: Praia

Population: 523,645 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE)

Official Language: Portuguese

Unofficial Language: Kabuverdianu

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Creole or Mulatto, African, European, and others

Largest Cities: Praia, Mindelo, Santa Maria, Cova Figueira

Main Sport: Football

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Democracy Day (January 13)

Heroes’ Day (January 20)

Carnival (February 9)

Ash Wednesday (February 10)

Labour Day (May 1)

Mother’s Day (May 8)

Children’s Day (June 1)

Father’s Day (June 19)

Independence Day (July 5)

Assumption of Mary (August 15)

National Day (September 12)

All Saints’ Day (November 1)

Christmas Day (December 25)