Praia, Cape Verde (municipality)

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Praia
Municipality
Praia's City Hall
Praia's City Hall
Official seal of Praia
Seal
Location of Praia
Coordinates: 14°57′N 23°31′W / 14.95°N 23.52°W / 14.95; -23.52Coordinates: 14°57′N 23°31′W / 14.95°N 23.52°W / 14.95; -23.52
Country Cape Verde
Island Santiago
Area
 • Total 102.6 km2 (39.6 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 130,271
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Website Official website

Praia is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It is situated in the southern part of the island of Santiago. Its seat is the city Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. Its population was 130,271 at the 2010 census.[1] The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Nossa Senhora da Graça. The city hall is located in the Platô part of the city.

History[edit]

Praia is one of the oldest municipalities in Cape Verde. It was created in the 18th century, when the then town of Praia de Santa Maria received city status and became the new capital of the Portuguese dominion of Cape Verde. Through history, its municipal territory has been successively reduced due to demographic increase.

By the end of the 19th century, the Municipality of Praia occupied the southern half of the island, while the northern half was the Municipality of Santa Catarina and from 1917 also Tarrafal. In 1971, the two northern parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of Santa Cruz. In 1988, two more northern parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of São Domingos. In 2005, two western parishes of the Municipality were split off to become the Municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago.

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipality is divided into the following localities for statistical reasons:[2]

Demography[edit]

Population of the Praia municipality (1940—2013)
1940[3][4] 1950[3][4] 1960[3][4] 1970[3][4] 1980[3][5] 1990[3][5] 2000[5][6] 2010[1] 2017[7]
18208 17179 24872 39911 57748 71276 106348 130271 159050

Politics[edit]

At the federal level, Praia belongs to the constituency of Santiago South. Since 2008, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. The results of the latest elections, in 2016:[8]

Party Municipal Council Municipal Assembly
Votes% Seats Votes% Seats
MpD 62.74 9 62.18 14
PAICV 32.43 0 32.43 7
UCID 1.77 0 2.24 0
PP 0.61 0 0.68 0
PTS 0.26 0 0.30 0

Presidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census results Santiago". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Source: Statoids
  4. ^ a b c d Includes the population of the present-day Ribeira Grande de Santiago, Santa Cruz, São Domingos and São Lourenço dos Órgãos municipalities.
  5. ^ a b c Includes the population of the present-day Ribeira Grande de Santiago and São Domingos municipalities.
  6. ^ Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas Archived 2008-11-18 at the Wayback Machine..
  7. ^ "Cape Verde Population Statistics". citypopulation.de. 
  8. ^ Official results local elections 2016, Boletim Oficial I Série, Número 53, 23 September 2016

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