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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Cape Verde

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Cape Verde - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



483 628 (2021) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Cape Verde - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 5th April 2021
   1 234,45

(where , indicates the decimal separator and a space the thousands separator).

Cape Verde - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 5th April 2021

The 24-hour clock notation is used.


Cape Verde - Languages


The official language is Portuguese External. There are 300 000 speakers of Upper Guinea Crioulo External. Balanta and Mandyak are also spoken.

Cape Verde - Personal names and forms of address


Portuguese naming conventions and forms of address are used in Cape Verde (please refer to the chapter on Portugal). Usage differs slightly, however. Senhora is used for both married and unmarried women. The form of address is usually followed by the family name only. Doutor should not be abbreviated.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Cape Verde - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 31st May 2020


Addresses may also be found written with a hyphen between the postal code and the place name:


Addresses will often be written in Portuguese. They follow the Portuguese structure - thoroughfare types are written first and with a capital first letter, the house number is at the end of the street address string often followed by an indication of floor, stairwell etc.

Addresses containing a postal code do not need to contain an island name.

For a full description of thoroughfare types and other address components, please refer to the chapter on Portugal.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Cape Verde - Post office box


This is written Case Postale.

Cape Verde - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 2nd July 2024

A new postal code (Código Postal) system was launched in July 2019 [2] containing 7 digits with a hyphen between digits 4 and 5. This is intended to replace the 4-digit code introduced in 2003. In this new code, the first four digits (which often do not coincide with the old postal code) represent administrative areas (island, districts, municipalities) and the final three digits represent groups of buildings or a block. There are intended to be about 27000 codes, but the assignment of codes is progressing slowly – at the time of writing it appears that only one island has been coded – so it will take some time before the old codes are superseded [3].

Old codes have 4 consecutive digits and they coincide with administrative areas. The postal code is written before the settlement name on the last line of the address, sometimes separated from it with a hyphen. The letters CP may be added before it.

Old codes may begin with these numbers: 11-13, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71-76, 81-82, 91.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Cape Verde - Postal code format graphic


Cape Verde - Postal code format

Cape Verde - Postal code specifics (old codes)

Cape Verde - Postal code regular expression (old codes)


Cape Verde - Postal code level of coverage (old codes)


Cape Verde - Postal code map

image Old codes. Click on image for a larger version

Cape Verde - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 2nd July 2024

Old postal codes correspond to the islands in this way:

Island First postal code digit
Ilha da Brava 9
Ilha de Boavista 5
Ilha de Santo Antão 1
Ilha de São Nicolau 3
Ilha de São Vicente 2
Ilha do Fogo 8
Ilha do Maio 6
Ilha do Sal 4
Santiago 7

Cape Verde has 22 districts External (concelhos, singular - concelho):

District Postal code range
Boa Vista External 51
Brava External 91
Maio External 61
Mosteiros External 81
Paul External 12
Porto Novo External 13
Praia External 76 (Shared with Ribeira Grande de Santiago)
Ribeira Brava External 31 (Shared with Tarrafal)
Ribeira Grande External 11
Ribeira Grande de Santiago External 76 (Shared with Praia)
Sal External 41
Santa Catarina External 73 (Shared with São Salvador do Mundo)
Santa Catarina do Fogo External 82 (Shared with São Filipe)
Santa Cruz External 74 (Shared with São Lourenço dos Órgãos)
São Domingos External 75
São Filipe External 82 (Shared with Santa Catarina do Fogo)
São Lourenço dos Órgãos External 74 (Shared with Santa Cruz)
São Miguel External 72
São Salvador do Mundo External 73 (Shared with Santa Catarina)
São Vicente External 21
Tarrafal External 31 (Shared with Ribeira Brava)
Tarrafal de São Nicolau External 71

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Cape Verde


Cape Verde telephone numbers have no area codes. All subscriber numbers have 7 digits. Mobile numbers commence with a 5 or 9.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/capeverde/ External 20230102
  2. ^ https://furtherafrica.com/2019/07/09/cape-verde-has-new-national-postal-code/ External 20240702
  3. ^ https://codigopostal.cv External 20240702

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