Here is the flag of Cape Verde, ready to print and colour.
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A Little Geography…
- Cape Verde is a series of ten islands off the coast of West Africa. The largest is Santiago, home to the capital city, Praia.
- The country has a population of about 500,000 people, living in a combined area of around 4,000 square kilometres. The official language is Portuguese, but a type of Creole is widely spoken.
- The island of Fogo is home to the highest peak, at 2,829 metres. Mount Fogo (meaning ‘Fire’) is also the most active volcano in the region. It last erupted in 1675.
- Cape Verde depends heavily on farming and fishing, although the mountainous terrain and dry climate makes it difficult to grow crops. The country’s main exports are bananas, canned/frozen fish, lobsters and salt. In recent years, tourism has become a growing industry.
A Little History…
This island nation was named after Cap Vert (the Green Cape) – the westernmost point of continental Africa. The islands themselves were discovered in 1460 by the Portuguese explorers Diogo Gomes and António da Noli.
The first settlement was founded in 1462 on the island of Santiago, which soon became an important trading centre for slaves sent to the Americas.
Although a Portuguese colony for over 500 years, Cape Verde became independent in 1975. However, it was a joint country with Guinea-Bissau until 1980.
Today, a stable political and economic system sees a president elected every five years, and a prime minister as the head of government.
And Some Interesting Facts…
Cape Verde’s flag features a circle of ten gold stars, representing the main islands. The dark blue background symbolises the Atlantic Ocean, and the white and red stripes are said to represent the road to economic progress.
Over 3,000 loggerhead turtles visit Cape Verde’s beaches each year to nest and lay their eggs. The islands have become a popular tourist destination for those keen to see these rare and endangered creatures in the wild.
The clear ocean waters of Cape Verde combined with strong coastal winds, also make it an excellent destination for diving, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Cape Verde is also famous for its traditional morna music, a type of Blues often sung in Creole.
The Cape Verde Flag
The Cape Verde flag has two large blue horizontal stripes, with thin horizontal white and red stripes through the centre. The gold stars represent the ten islands of the country. The flag was officially adopted on February 25, 1992.