Cape Verde's population of about 415,000 is growing at an annual rate of 0.7 percent.The most populated island is Santiago.(48 percent of the population lives here.)The largest city is Praia.(150,000 people live there.)About 55 percent of the population lives in urban areas.
Men usually exchange a hand shake when they greet.Woman get a kiss from both sexes.The most standard greeting phrase is Modi ki bu sta?(How are you?)The proper response is N'sta bom.(I am fine.)
The average family has 5 to 6 children.Many children are cared for by their siblings and grandparents.Most elderly parents live with their children.Many woman work and live at home.
The country is a republic divided into 17 districts. The president is head of state, but the prime minister is the head of the government. Cape Verde is a really poor country. Unemployment is chronically high.