advice for people coming or relocating to Cape Verde
This informative topic, redirects to anyone seeking information about Cape Verde Islands.
My name is Alfred Robinson, I am a Nigerian Citizen, currently living in Praia, Cape Verde.
I want to tell you little about my Island.
Two years ago, I relocateddey to Cape Verde from my Beautifullife country, Lagos City Nigeria.
The truth from my own point of view.
"Cape Verde is a developing Nation, located out sketch of West Africa, still undergoing allot on infrastructures, housing, companies and many more.
Business here are nice, the best is having your own, which is very easy to establish.
Cape Verde is a Portuguese speaking nation, English is very hard spoken here except from the tongue of a foreigner of other Nations or their own University student and graduates.
Kriolu is the local language spoken in the street and market places, if you do not speak that local language, you cannot get any job in cape verde, except you have your own establishment.
In Praia Santiago Island and also the Capital City of Cape Verde, house rents are cheap compare to Santa Maria in Sal, Mindelo of St Vincent and Rio in Boa Vista.
Feeding here in Cape Verde is okay from my own point of view, with 150 Escudos which is equivalant to 1.50 (1euro fifty cent) one can have a good meal at the local eating centers. Super market are also very cheap, with 2000 Escudos, one can buy allot thing in the that can last for a period of time.
Internet, cloths and shoes also cheap even as they are imported.
Police enforcement in Cape Verde are very friendly, deportation rate in CV is almost zero when you are already in the city.
Escudos is Cape Verde's national currency, same as Portugal.
A self contain flat house rents in the Rural Areas are from 10-12000 Escudos, in Urban Areas the rents starts from 15-25000 escudos that is for a portable apartment in the City.
For me i live in Praia, a complete house, with a 2-3 rooms, toilet, bathrooms, kitchen and the sitting room is from 10-30,000 Escudo including light, internet, water. Some landlord or House owners may prefer that you pay for light and water on your own so he has to decrease the amount then you pay to the electricity company direct, because the electricity company is also the body in-charge of water and electricity.
Don't be deceived by what you read on the internet about Cape Verde, many countries are not what they potray on the Internet.
Many countries are not the way they appear on the Internet photos, Wikipedia or Google Search, you need to hear from someone living there.
Cape Verde is a developing country, there is no Natural resources, all the Petroleum, foods, drinks, cloths, Cars and everything in usage in this country are imported from over seas, "Portugal, Brasil and America which are there neighboring countries. Cape Verde is 7hours away from Boston MA USA, Brazil, Spain and Portugal.
the only good thing here is that by luck someone from other African nations may easily travel to Europe or North and South American, it is very close to those countries but yet is never easy.
If youi are anot such person that lovesi the sky scrappers, or those things you always see in a western world, Cape Verde is not that!
Cape Verde is the Most peaceful Country on the Planet.... with nou religious crisis, CV is a Catholic majority nation, just recently having other foreign denominations.
CV is an island, they have no natural inheritance, except ocean, it is surrounded by water,t and beautifuli beaches from the Atlantic Ocean.
The professional jobs in CVthe are fornot the graduates only, is a very hard country for uneducated people, except for those that are selling drugs, is illegal, if you are caught you are on your way jail.
I cannot really tell about jobs for uneducated people, except security jobs.
The most beautiful aspect of Cape Verde is that its well organized, it is an European standard way of living, the government are not corrupt, and what they have is okay for them, there women are also encouraging.
Note" If you come with a huge capital for Investiment then you will survive and enjoyi Cape VerseVerde the more, and you will be very happy to live here, there are opportunities for investors, for individuals coming to work in CV, jobs might be little hard, and if you don't speak Portuguese, Spanish or french it will be more difficult for you.
If you can learn very fast, its better.
Small and local scale business are moving very fast.
I made a fratal mistakes at the beginning of my journey and I wouldn't want you to do the same. Authough, my life is beautiful right now, its all about patience.
Be careful on decision, and get enough information before you relocate here.
Visiting might be nice idea so that you can come and see things for your self.
Last edited by alfredrobinson (26 June 2013 21:24:29)