Transport and infrastructure in Cape Verde

Our listing of the primary kinds 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 a particularly good condition.

Airports in Cape Verde

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 1,350 km. For each of the country's 561,901 inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.40 meters. This puts Cape Verde in 162nd place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 139 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on 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 135 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Cape Verde is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 25.2 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 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.


Cape Verde

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways1,400 km2,402.56 km334.99 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors4681.860.011


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,002,100 km2,186.19 km99.00 m
Railroads88,600 km64.51 km2.92 m
Waterways50,100 km36.46 km1.65 m
Commercial harbors7,8295.700.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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