Praia, Cape Verde (municipality)

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Praia
Municipality
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Praia's City Hall
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Seal
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Coordinates: 14°57′N23°31′W / 14.95°N 23.52°W / 14.95; -23.52 Coordinates: 14°57′N23°31′W / 14.95°N 23.52°W / 14.95; -23.52
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
Area
  Total102.6 km2 (39.6 sq mi)
Population
 (2010) [1]
  Total131,719
  Density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
ID74
Website Official website

Praia is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the southern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the city Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. Its area is 120.6 km2 (46.6 sq mi), and its population was 131,719 at the 2010 census. [2] The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Nossa Senhora da Graça. The city hall is located in the Platô part of the city.

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History

Praia is one of the oldest municipalities in Cape Verde. It was created in the 18th century, when the then town of Praia de Santa Maria received town status and became the new capital of the Portuguese dominion of Cape Verde. Through history, its municipal territory has been successively reduced due to demographic increase.

By the end of the 19th century, the Municipality of Praia occupied the southern half of the island, while the northern half was the (larger than present) Municipality of Santa Catarina. In 1971, the two northernmost parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of Santa Cruz, [3] and the parish of São Salvador do Mundo became part of the municipality of Santa Catarina. [4] In 1994, two more northern parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of São Domingos. [5] In 2005, two western parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago. [6]

Subdivisions

The municipality is divided into the following localities for statistical reasons: [7]

Demography

Population of Praia (1940—2017)
YearPopulation
1940 [8]
18,208
1950 [8]
17,179
1960 [8]
24,872
1970 [8]
39,911
1980 [8]
57,748
1990 [8]
71,276
2000 [8]
106,348
2010 [2]
131,719
2017 [9]
159,050

Politics

At the federal level, Praia belongs to the constituency of Santiago South. Since 2008, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. The results of the latest elections, in 2016: [10]

PartyMunicipal CouncilMunicipal Assembly
Votes%SeatsVotes%Seats
MpD 62.74962.1814
PAICV 32.43032.437
UCID 1.7702.240
PP0.6100.680
PTS0.2600.300

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References

  1. "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
  2. 1 2 2010 Census Summary
  3. Conselho de Santa Cruz. Inventário dos recursos turísticos, p. 12
  4. Picos: a terra e a gente, Emanuel de Jesus Monteiro Vaz Fernandes, ISE, 2005, p. 27-29
  5. Lei nº 96/IV/93, p. 74
  6. Lei nº 63/VI/2005, p. 25
  7. "2010 Census results Santiago". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Source: Statoids
  9. "Cape Verde Population Statistics". citypopulation.de.
  10. Official results local elections 2016, Boletim Oficial I Série, Número 53, 23 September 2016