Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cape Verde, Praia Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: The Republic of Cape Verde.

Location: Cape Verde is in Western Africa, it is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal.

Country Climate: Temperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and very erratic.

Country Terrain: Steep, rugged, rocky, volcanic.

Major Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo (a mixture of archaic Portuguese and African words).

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 0.50 million (2008 est.) 0.51 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Cape Verde is service-oriented, with commerce, transport, and public services accounting for more than 70% of GDP. Although nearly 70% of the population lives in rural areas, agriculture and fishing contribute only about 9% of GDP. Light manufacturing accounts for most of the remainder. Expatriate Cape Verdeans contribute an amount estimated at about 20% of GDP to the domestic economy through remittances.

Currency: Cape Verde Escudo (CVE).

Country Inflation: 6.8% (2008 est.) 1.5% (2009 est.).

City: Praia is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde.

City Economy: Praia is Cape Verde?s largest city, a commercial center, and a port that ships coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry and there are resort beaches nearby.
Cost of Living: Praia has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Praia is currently ranked 117 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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