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Map showing, in red, Praia in the Santiago island.
Map showing, in red, Praia in the Santiago island.
Country Cape Verde
MunicipalityPraia (seat)
 • Total94 km2 (36 sq mi)
1 m (3 ft)
 • Total127,832
 • Density1,360/km2 (3,522/sq mi)
WebsiteOfficial website

Praia is the capital of the island nation of Cape Verde. It lies on Santiago island in the Sotavento archipelago. The city has, in 2010, a population of 127,832. Praia is Cape Verde's largest city. It is also the commercial center of the country. The name Praia means "beach" in Portuguese.

Praia has a port that transports coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry. The city is home to one of the nation's two international airports. There are resort beaches nearby.

Things to see

Some of the interesting things to see in Praia include:

Other things

Praia has many schools, churches, beaches, ports, and a university named after Jean Piaget.


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