Transport and infrastructure in Cape VerdeOur listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Cape Verde with the average of all countries in Africa. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in particularly good condition.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 1,350 km. For each of the country's 587,925 inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.30 meters. This puts Cape Verde in 165th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 146 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants in the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.
With an average of 142 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Cape Verde is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 25.4 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.
In Cape Verde, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. This regulation was enforced on June 1st, 1928. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||1,400 km||2,296.21 km||334.99 m|
|Railroads||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|Waterways||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||2,997,800 km||2,151.40 km||98.86 m|
|Railroads||88,600 km||63.57 km||2.92 m|
|Waterways||68,400 km||49.09 km||2.26 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)