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2010 CENSUS Results Presentation

United Nations, March, 2011 - The National Statistical Institute - INE, presented publicly, on March 30, preliminary data from the 2010 Census, which reveals that there was a growth rate of 1.2%, lower than the previous decade.

The population of Cape Verde is 491.875, being 51% female and 49% male. The island of Santiago still has the largest concentration of population, with a total of 55.7% and the city of Praia, the capital, is the most populated city with 25.6% of the population. The Brava is the island that registers the smallest population, with a total of 5995 habitants.

The 2010 CENSUS, the first to be held in Africa using new and modern technologies for data collection, also betted on innovations in the content and object of investigation, such as, for example, the inclusion of the buildings as an observation unit and the level of technology, with the replacement of the questionnaires in analog format for electronic questionnaires. For this, the PDA - Personal Digital Assistant was used in all the sampling operations. About 1,200 land agents (census takers and controllers) were on the ground.

Beyond that, were introduced for the first time questions about religion and about the foreign population residing in Cape Verde, as well as Cape Verdeans who emigrated in the last five years.

The data produced by the Census represent an important tool for planning, policy formulation and development programs in addition to also be an important dialogue tool between the authorities at central and local level, as well as between the Government and the Cape Verde development partners.

Os dados produzidos pelo Censo representam um importante instrumento de planificação, formulação de politicas e programas de desenvolvimento para além de constituir igualmente um importante instrumento de diálogo entre as autoridades a nível central e local, assim como entre o Governo e os parceiros de desenvolvimento de Cabo Verde.

On the other hand, the Census allows a reliable portrait of progress and indicators of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly those related to literacy, schooling, gender parity, level of education, access to drinking water , unemployment, housing, fertility, mortality, maternal health, poverty levels, migration among others, until the most detailed geographical level (zone / locality).

Recall that, in addition to technical, human and financial national resources, the realization of 2010 CENSUS, counted on technical and financial partnership of UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities), of Spanish Cooperation trough the AECI and of Brazilian Cooperation through the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics).

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