Population estimate, 2015: 521,000
GNI per capita, 2014: (PPP$) 6,094
HDI/world rank, 2013: 0.646/122
Internet domain extension: .cv
Amilcar Cabral International Airport, at Espargos on Sal, is a major refuelling point on flights to Africa and Latin America. A new international airport, Praia International Airport, has been built at Praia on São Tiago, and was opened in 2005. Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV), the national carrier, provided services to most of the other islands in 2010, and internationally to Bissau, Boston, Dakar, Fortaleza, Las Palmas, Lisbon and Paris. In 2006 Amilcar Cabral International Airport handled 562,972 passengers and 1,415 tonnes of freight.
The climate is arid, with a cool dry season from Dec. to June and warm dry conditions for the rest of the year. Rainfall is sparse, rarely exceeding 5″ (127 mm) in the northern islands or 12″ (304 mm) in the southern ones. There are periodic severe droughts. Praia,...