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Cape Verde Flag

Shop for authentic Cape Verde Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Cape Verde flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Cape Verde flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Cape Verde National Anthem, historical information about the Cape Verde flag, and demographic data about Cape Verde

History of the Cape Verde Flag

The Cape Verde flag is dark blue and features three thin strips, with the colors of white, red, and white. There is a circle of ten stars that goes through the three strips. The dark blue color symbolizes the ocean and the sky. The white and red strips pay tribute to the country's development and formation, with the white color symbolizing peace and the red color symbolizing the effort made. The ten stars are symbolic of the ten islands within the country and the shape of the circle represents the unity of these ten islands. The Cape Verde flag was made official on September 22nd, 1992, replacing the original national flag adopted after they gained independence from Portugal on July 5th, 1975 which used the African colors of red, yellow, and green.

Cape Verde is an island country in West Africa, in the Central Atlantic, that is comprised of ten islands (9 of which are inhabited), which are: Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia, Sao Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava. It is the smallest island country in Africa. The largest island is Santiago and is home to the capital city, which is called "Praia." The only uninhabited island is Saint Luzia. The islands are divided into two sections, known as "Barlavento" group which are the group of windward islands and the "Sotavento" group which are the group of leeward islands.

Cape Verde was an uninhabited country until it was discovered in the 1460's by the Portuguese and colonized. The first Portuguese to arrive at Cape Verde was Diogo Gomes and Antonio De Noli in 1460 and by 1462, the first Portuguese settlement had been established in Santiago. This then became the main slave trade post which lasted for 300 years and due to the slave trade, at one point, Cape Verde was the second richest city in the Portuguese Empire. In 1876, when the slave trade was abolished, Cape Verde suffered a big recession. Cape Verde was a joint country with Guinea-Bissau until 1980 and in 1961, both Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau began fighting with Portugal for their independence, resulting in Portuguese Guinea achieving this in 1974 and Cape Verde in 1975. The fight was led by the "African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde," (PAIGC).

Cape Verde is thought to contain some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is gaining popularity with tourists each year. The most popular destination visited by tourists is Santa Maria, located on the island of Sal, which is a very popular wind-surfing spot. It is the most developed island and home to a few of the beautiful beaches. The island of Santa Antao is also popular, especially for hikers as it is home to many valleys, gorges and canyons. Another one of the many reasons that Cape Verde is regularly visited is for the diving and the shipwrecks and sharks that can be seen.

Geographic Coordinates
16 00 N, 24 00 W
4,033 sq km
Life Expectancy
70.41 years
Government Type
$1.7 billion (2009 est.)
21% (2000 est.)
Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)
Calling Code
Internet TLD

Cape Verde National Anthem

Song of Freedom (Cantico da Liberdade)



Sing, brother
Sing, my brother
For Freedom is a hymn
And Man a certainty

With dignity, bury the seed
In the dust of the naked island
In life's precipice
Hope is as big as the sea
Which embraces us
Sentinel of the seas and winds
between stars
and the Atlantic
sing the Chant of Freedom

Sing, brother
sing, my brother
for Freedom is a hymn
and Man a certainty.