Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde) is a nation comprising a group of islands that lie 620 km off the west coast of Africa. The Portuguese colonised the uninhabited islands in the 15th century and established it as a centre for slave trading. The nation’s prosperity grew, especially when it became an important stop for trade routes from Europe to India and Australia. In 1975, Cabo Verde was granted independence from Portugal.
Cabo Verde’s economy is cantered on services industries, including a growing tourism sector and foreign investment.
Cabo Verde remains one of Africa’s most stable democratic nations; however, severe droughts have led to mass migration and more Cabo Verdean’s now live abroad than do in country. The population of Cape Verde is approximately 494, 400 (2012).
Australia and Cabo Verde are accredited to each other through our respective embassies in Lisbon, Portugal.
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