Ribeira Grande de Santiago, Cape Verde

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Ribeira Grande de Santiago
Location of Ribeira Grande de Santiago
Coordinates: 14°58′N 23°38′W / 14.97°N 23.64°W / 14.97; -23.64Coordinates: 14°58′N 23°38′W / 14.97°N 23.64°W / 14.97; -23.64
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
 • Total 137.3 km2 (53.0 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 8,323
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)

Ribeira Grande de Santiago is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the southwestern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the town Cidade Velha. Its population was 8,323 at the 2010 census.[1]


The municipality consists of two freguesias (civil parishes):


The municipality was created in 2005, when two parishes of the older Municipality of Praia were separated to become the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago.

The old city of Ribeira Grande de Santiago (Cidade Velha) is one of the oldest European settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was an important port for the slave trade from West Africa to the Americas. The town has numerous protected significant buildings and ruins.


Population of Ribeira Grande de Santiago (2000—2010)
2000[2] 2010[1]
9664 8323

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  1. ^ a b c "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Source: projections from the Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.