Etiquette in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is located off the west coast of northern Africa and is home to 525,000 people.

The nation is a unitary semi-presidential republic.

Cape Verde’s national language is Portuguese, but Cape Verdean Creole is the primary language of nearly all Cape Verdeans.

95% of Cape Verdeans practice Christianity.

The currency is the Cape Verdean escudo.

Handshaking is the norm, though women may kiss one another on the cheek. Follow the lead of the other person if you’re not sure. Men and women usually shake hands, though friends might kiss on the cheek.

Light, comfortable, informal though tasteful clothing is common most evenings. The cultural norm for dress tends to be very relaxed.

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