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Cape Verde

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Cape Verde

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.

Population Population (2009 est.) 429,474
Religious Demographics Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs), Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%
Languages Languages Portuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)
Country Flag Flag of Cape Verde