Economic Trivia

Cabo Verde's economy is service-oriented with commerce, transport, tourism, and public services accounting for about three-fourths of GDP.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2019): Portugal, Spain, and Netherlands
Top 3 Exported Goods (2019): Prepared Meats, Seafood, and Apparel: Knit

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food and Beverages; Fish Processing; Shoes and Garments; Salt Mining

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $3,843,403,818 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 5.078% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $7,068 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 171/196 (2018)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 1.107% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,735,388,104 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 37.5% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.335% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.71% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($5,557,651) (2019)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 238,193 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 11.46% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 21.992% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 66.549% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 12.249% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $1,348,341,634 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $964,278,699 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 45.123% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $105,301,878 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $666,088,589 (2018)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Cabo Verde’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank