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Cape Verde
Population (2009 est.)429,474
Religious DemographicsRoman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs), Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)
Ethnic GroupsCreole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%
LanguagesPortuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)

Cape Verde is an archipelago consisting of 10 islands, nine of which are inhabited. It has an area of 1,557 square miles and a population of 500,000. More than 85 percent of the population is nominally Roman Catholic, according to an informal poll taken by local churches. The largest Protestant denomination is the Church of the Nazarene. Other groups include the Seventh-day Adventist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Assemblies of God, Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and various other Pentecostal and evangelical groups. There are small Baha'i communities and a small but growing Muslim community. No reliable statistics exist on membership.