Administrative divisions of Cape Verde

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The territory of Cape Verde is divided into 22 concelhos (municipalities), and subdivided into 32 freguesias (equivalent to civil parish).

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In Portuguese language usage, there are two words to distinguish the territory and the administrative organ. Administratively, right below the government, there are the municípios (municipalities), who administrate the concelhos. Therefore, the concelhos are the first-level administrative subdivision in Cape Verde. Each municipality has an Assembleia Municipal (municipal assembly, the legislative body) and a Câmara Municipal (municipal chamber, the executive body). Every four years elections are held for the Assembleia Municipal, the Câmara Municipal and the President of the Câmara Municipal. Where a municipality consists of several freguesias (civil parishes), a Delegação Municipal (municipal delegation) is established in the parishes that do not contain the municipal seat. [1]

The islands are traditionally divided in two geographic regions (with no administrative meaning):

Municipalities and civil parishes

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Municipalities of Cape Verde

Island group:       Barlavento Islands       Sotavento Islands

Map # Municipality Island(s) Area
(km2) [2]
Population
(2010 census) [2]
Population
(2021 Census) [3]
Parishes
1 Tarrafal Santiago 120.8 18,565 16,620 Santo Amaro Abade
2 São Miguel Santiago 77.4 15,648 12,906 São Miguel Arcanjo
3 São Salvador do Mundo Santiago 26.5 8,677 7,452 São Salvador do Mundo
4 Santa Cruz Santiago 112.2 26,609 25,004 Santiago Maior
5 São Domingos Santiago 147.5 13,808 13,958 Nossa Senhora da Luz
São Nicolau Tolentino
6 Praia Santiago 102.6 131,602 142,009 Nossa Senhora da Graça
7 Ribeira Grande de Santiago Santiago 137.3 8,325 7,632 Santíssimo Nome de Jesus
São João Baptista
8 São Lourenço dos Órgãos Santiago 36.9 7,388 6,317 São Lourenço dos Órgãos
9 Santa Catarina Santiago 242.6 43,297 37,472 Santa Catarina
10 Brava Brava 62.5 5,995 5,594 São João Baptista
Nossa Senhora do Monte
11 São Filipe Fogo 228.8 22,248 20,732 São Lourenço
Nossa Senhora da Conceição
12 Santa Catarina do Fogo Fogo 153.0 5,299 4,725 Santa Catarina do Fogo
13 Mosteiros Fogo 89.5 9,524 8,062 Nossa Senhora da Ajuda
14 Maio Maio 274.5 6,952 6,298 Nossa Senhora da Luz
15 Boa Vista Boa Vista 631.1 9,162 12,613 Santa Isabel
São João Baptista
16 Sal Sal 219.8 25,765 33,347 Nossa Senhora das Dores
17 Ribeira Brava São Nicolau 224.8 7,580 6,978 Nossa Senhora da Lapa
Nossa Senhora do Rosário
18 Tarrafal de São Nicolau São Nicolau 119.8 5,237 5,261 São Francisco
19 São Vicente São Vicente 226.7 76,107 74,016 Nossa Senhora da Luz
20 Porto Novo Santo Antão 564.3 18,028 15,914 São João Baptista
Santo André
21 Ribeira Grande Santo Antão 166.5 18,890 15,022 Nossa Senhora do Rosário
Nossa Senhora do Livramento
Santo Crucifixo
São Pedro Apóstolo
22 Paul Santo Antão 54.3 6,997 5,696 Santo António das Pombas

The uninhabited island of Santa Luzia and all uninhabited islets, including Raso and Branco, are not part of any municipality, but are in the public domain of the state of Cape Verde. [4]

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