Once a temporary pit stop for Charles Lindbergh–aviator and kidnap murder victim–during his 1933 attempt to fly across the North Atlantic, Praia is the capital city of Cape Verde.
Officially named the Republic of Cabo Verde, Cape Verde is an archipelago comprised of nine inhabited islands plus several islets. Cape Verde is located in the Atlantic Ocean off Senegal on Africa’s northwestern coast.
Praia is not only the seat of political power, the capital city is also Cape Verde’s commercial center and business hub.
Cape Verde exported an estimated US$62.7 million worth of products in 2016. Its highest-value exported products are fish, transportation containers and rum according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Praia, Cape Verde: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Albuquerque Square, Presidential Palace, Praia City Hall, National Stadium of Cape Verde and the Diogo Gomes Monument
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Praia, Cabo Verde:
- Nani, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 17, 1986)
- Gelson Martins, soccer player/footballer (born May 11, 1995)
- Vinha, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 6, 1966)
- Ivan Almeida, professional basketball player (born May 10, 1989)
- Lúcio Antunes, soccer/football manager (born Oct. 9, 1966)
- Alison Brito, soccer/football goalkeeper (born Oct. 27, 1984)
- Nelson Nunes Lobo, artist (born Jul. 13, 1952)
- Arménio Vieira, writer & poet (born Jan. 29, 1941)
- Dany Silva, musician, songwriter & producer (born 1942)
- Janira Hopffer Almada, former political leader (born Sep. 27, 1978)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Praia: Cape Verdean
Population: 145,000 (Municipality of Praia)
Density: 39.6 people per square mile (102.6 per square kilometer)
Population: 553,432 (Cape Verde)
Density: 1,557 people per square mile (4,033 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$3.583 billion in 2016 (for Cape Verde, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $6,700
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Praia were unavailable.
Official currency used in Praia: Cape Verdean escudo
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 22, 2017
Cape Verde Tips, Did You Know Cape Verde. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 22, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Governo de Cabo Verde. Accessed on January 22, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Cape Verde, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Praia. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Wikipedia, Praia, Cape Verde (municipality). Accessed on January 22, 2017
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Wikipedia, Cape Verde. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Praia’s municipal city limits contain a built-up urban land area measuring 39.6 square miles (102.6 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 145,000 residents in 2014.
At the country level, Cape Verde had a total population of 553,432 people living over a land territory equal to 1,557 square miles (4,033 square kilometers) as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Cape Verde’s capital city Praia with an average 3,700 inhabitants per square mile (1,400 per square kilometer).
For Cape Verde overall, population density drops to an average 360 people per square mile (140 per square kilometer).
Cape Verde won its independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975. Cape Verdeans celebrate Independence Day each July 5 as a national holiday.