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Cape Verde
Islands
March 30
Independent of Portugal in 1975 as a one-party
socialist republic. A revised constitution in 1990
led to multiparty elections and a peaceful
change of government.
Mauritania
North Atlantic Ocean
Senegal
Praia
Cape Verde
Islands
Republic of Cape
Verde
Africa
Area 4,033 sq km. Fifteen dry, barren islands
600 km off the west coast of Africa.
Population
2010
512,582
2020
583,509
2030
644,903
Ann Gr
1.43%
1.26%
0.91%
Density
127/sq km
145/sq km
160/sq km
Capital Praia 128,000. Urbanites 61.1%. Pop
under 15 yrs 36%. Life expectancy 71.1 yrs.
Caboverdian Creole (mixed race) 72.8%.
African 25.3%. Fula and Balanta from Guinea-Bissau.
European 1.9%. Mostly of Portuguese background.
Literacy 81.2%. Official language
Portuguese. Trade language Portuguese
Creole. All languages 2. Languages with
Scriptures 1Bi 1NT 1por 1w.i.p.
The privileged position of the Catholic Church
ended in 1975. A secular state with freedom of
religion.
Religions
Christian
Muslim
Non-religious
Ethnoreligionist
Baha’i
Jewish
Pop %
94.56
3.10
1.17
1.04
0.12
0.01
Population
484,698
15,890
5,997
5,331
615
51
Ann Gr
1.3%
4.3%
2.1%
0.7%
3.2%
1.4%
Christians Denoms Pop % Affiliates
Protestant
4
6.44
33,000
Independent
6
4.28
22,000
Catholic
1
89.35 458,000
Marginal
2
2.69
14,000
Unaffiliated
2.10
11,000
Doubly affiliated
-10.30 -53,000
Churches
MegaBloc Congs Members Affiliates
Catholic Church
C
82 215,023 458,000
Ch of the Nazarene
P
52
5,700
15,960
Seventh-day Adventist P
30
5,700
15,600
New Apostolic Church I
28
4,250
10,200
God Is Love Pente Ch I
15
2,920
7,300
Latter-day Saints (Mormon) M
36
5,259
7,100
Jehovah’s Witnesses
M
28
1,675
6,700
Univ Ch,Kingdom of God I
30
2,267
3,400
Other denominations[5]
20
921
2,500
Doubly affiliated
-52,800
Total Christians[13]
321 243,715 473,960
TransBloc
Evangelicals
Evangelicals
Renewalists
Charismatics
Pentecostals
Pop %
Population
Ann Gr
6.6
33,840
4.5%
5.6
2.5
28,788
12,870
5.8%
5.9%
Arid land means 80% of food must be imported.
Heavily dependent on aid and remittances from
Caboverdian migrants. Unexploited tourist and
fishing potential.
HDI Rank 121st /182. Public debt 55% of GDP.
Income/person $3,464 (7% of USA).
Unemployment 21.1%.
Cape Verde Islands
Ann Gr
3.9%
5.5%
1.2%
3.5%
-3.3%
0.0%
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Challenges for Prayer
Economic and ecological problems must be wisely addressed. Scant resources were
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poorly managed in the past, intensifying Cape Verde’s poverty. Pray for government leaders
who will make good decisions and develop the economy for the betterment of the whole nation.
Most Caboverdians are Catholic in name, but in practice are more influenced by
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superstitions and African fetishism. Christian literature is lacking in Creole, and most
people have only a rudimentary grasp of Portuguese.
Newer religious groups are growing rapidly. This includes evangelicals, but also
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marginal groups. The Nazarenes have the longest Protestant presence. More recent arrivals
feature Pentecostals from Brazil and the USA. Pray that more indigenous leaders and pastors may
be trained for these growing groups. Pray that believers might mature and increase despite poverty
and geographic isolation.
There are 490,000 Caboverdians living in migrant communities; the largest are
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in New England, USA (266,000), Portugal (80,000), Angola (46,000), Senegal and France.
Their remittances are vital to those living in Cape Verde. Pray that many in these communities
may become true disciples of Jesus and be spiritual and economic blessings to their homeland.
Cape Verde Islands
March 30
Copyright © 2010 Jason Mandryk and GMI. All Rights Reserved. Printing or redistribution not
permitted except subject to DVD or Download license; see www.operationworld.org/eula