Praia is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde. Praia is Cape Verde’s largest city, a commercial centre, and a port that ships coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry and there are resort beaches nearby. Cape Verde is in Western Africa, it is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal. The climate is temperate with a warm, dry summer. Rainfall is meagre and very erratic. The official language is Portuguese which is the main business language, a patois known as Crioulo is spoken colloquially. Visitors should check in advance whether interpretation will be necessary. All correspondence should be in Portuguese, English or French. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Cape Verde is service-oriented, with commerce, transport, and public services accounting for more than 70% of GDP. Although nearly 70% of the population lives in rural areas, agriculture and fishing contribute only about 9% of GDP. Light manufacturing accounts for most of the remainder. Expatriate Cape Verdeans contribute an amount estimated at about 20% of GDP to the domestic economy through remittances. Cape Verdeans are generally generous and hospitable. Business culture reflects that of Portugal. Expatriate business dress is smart rather than formal. The security risk for expatriates in Cape Verde is low. Risks include petty street crime and theft in crowded areas such as markets, as well as violent crime usually related to drug trafficking. The currency of Cape Verde is the Cape Verde Escudo (CVE) which is fixed to the Euro. Generally Banks will exchange hard currencies and the major hotels and restaurants will accept credit cards. Medical facilities are limited, and some medicines are generally not available. Cases of Zika virus have been reported. The population of Praia is 138,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is -1.2% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Praia, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Praia as at 1 April 2016 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Very Low Praia is for example -41.7% cheaper than Beijing for groceries, -23.4% cheaper for household costs than Dalian, and -6.5% cheaper for transport costs than Guangzhou. The hardship premium for Praia for an expat from Democratic Republic of the Congo, is for example -10%, i.e. host location (Praia) premium of 30% minus home (Democratic Republic of the Congo) location premium of 40%. Praia is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Praia? Register subscribe to your home location and Praia and run your personalised reports.