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Cape Verde People

    Population: 405,748 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 45% (male 92,721; female 91,083)
    15-64 years: 49% (male 92,658; female 104,264)
    65 years and over: 6% (male 9,936; female 15,086) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.44% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 33.49 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 6.78 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -12.35 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.89 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.66 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.93 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 45.5 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 70.96 years
    male: 67.66 years
    female: 74.36 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.95 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Cape Verdean(s)
    adjective: Cape Verdean

    Ethnic groups: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

    Religions: Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs); Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

    Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo (a blend of creole Portuguese and West African words)

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 71.6%
    male: 81.4%
    female: 63.8% (1995 est.)

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