Political Stability

A former Portuguese colony, Cape Verde gained independence in 1974 and has been a stable parliamentary democracy since its first multi-party elections in 1991. It has guaranteed press freedom, no political prisoners and a clean human rights record. In the military league of nations most likely to go to war, Cape Verde is 154th out of 156.

Having experimented with both state control and private sector involvement, it has for some time now been a model for prudent economic management and is starting to see the benefits of sensible investment in the tourism infrastructure. It is top of the United Nations quality of life index for West Africa and continues to develop its close ties with the European Union.