Ribeira Grande, Cape Verde (municipality)

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Ribeira Grande
Municipality
Municipal hall of Ribeira Grande in Ponta do Sol
Municipal hall of Ribeira Grande in Ponta do Sol
Location of Ribeira Grande
Coordinates: 17°09′N 25°07′W / 17.15°N 25.11°W / 17.15; -25.11Coordinates: 17°09′N 25°07′W / 17.15°N 25.11°W / 17.15; -25.11
CountryCape Verde
IslandSanto Antão
SeatPonta do Sol
Area
 • Total166.5 km2 (64.3 sq mi)
Population
(2010)[1]
 • Total18,890
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
WebsiteOfficial website

Ribeira Grande is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. Situated in the northern part of the island of Santo Antão, it covers one fifth of the island area (166.5 km2), and is home to nearly half of its population (18,890 at the 2010 census).[2] Its seat is the city Ponta do Sol.

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipality consists of four freguesias (civil parishes):

Demography[edit]

Population of Ribeira Grande (1940—2010)
Year Population
1940[3]
19,766
1950[3]
15,444
1960[3]
17,246
1970[3]
22,873
1980[3]
22,102
1990[3]
20,851
2000[3]
21,560
2010[2]
18,890

Geography[edit]

The municipality has a rugged landscape, stretching from the mountains in the interior of the island to the north coast. It has several deep river valleys, including those of Ribeira da Garça, Ribeira Grande and Ribeira da Torre. It borders the municipality Paul to the east and Porto Novo to the south. The protected areas Cova-Paul-Ribeira da Torre Natural Park, Moroços and Cruzinha lie (partly) within the municipality..

History[edit]

In 1732 the Municipality of Santo Antão was created, with its seat in the town Ribeira Grande.[4] In 1867 this was divided into the municipality of Paul (covering the area of current Paul and Porto Novo) and the municipality of Ribeira Grande. These were merged in 1895 into one municipality. The municipalities of Paul and Ribeira Grande were recreated in 1917.[5]

Politics[edit]

Since 2008, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. Its current president is Orlando Delgado (MpD). The results of the latest elections, in 2016:[6]

Party Municipal Council Municipal Assembly
Votes% Seats Votes% Seats
MpD 61.77 7 60.62 12
PAICV 24.77 0 24.81 4
UCID 8.51 0 9.64 1

Persons[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b 2010 Census Summary
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Source: Statoids
  4. ^ Evolução histórica do concelho do Porto Novo, Andreza Costa Dias, 2006, p. 12
  5. ^ Inventário dos recursos turísticos do município do Paúl, Direcção Geral do Turismo, p. 16
  6. ^ Official results local elections 2016, Boletim Oficial I Série, Número 53, 23 September 2016

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