Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         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





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


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



Addresses may also be found written without 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


Postal codes (Código Postal) were introduced in 2003. They have 4 consecutive digits, and 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.

Codes may begin with these numbers: 11-12, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71-76, 81-82, 91.

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

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

Cape Verde - Postal code regular expression


Cape Verde - Postal code level of coverage


Cape Verde - Postal code map


Cape Verde - Administrative districts


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 External

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