Cabo Verde
People and mentality
Those who visit the Cape Verde Islands for the first time should bring: time and muse, patience and clemency. Tourism on many of the 9 total inhabited islands hasn't yet left any marks of its often destructive tendencies. Visitors are still often greeted by warm, uncomplicated and spontaneous reactions and the country still features a type of "splendid isolation" thanks to its special geographic position.

Yet this small island world is more cosmopolitan than many would think. Centuries of immigration have turned the Cape Verdeans into a "people of the world", who have become indigenous around the globe, whether wanted or not.
Almost 2/3rds of the entire population of Cape Verdean nationality lives in foreign countries. Many haven't only integrated and assimilated themselves there, they have also assumed the nationalities of their host countries. Their children have long since become a regular part of the respective societies and countries that they've settled in.

Only about 400'000 Cape Verdeans have remained in their homeland.

Those remaining are, for the most part, old people and the grandchildren left in their care. They somehow hold the fort and lead their lives based mostly only the monies wired from their relatives in foreign countries. And yet it seems that both sides of this unusual society have accepted and settled with this form of fate. For the Cape Verdeans living in foreign countries, the strong emotional connection to the homeland remains. This "sodade" or yearning accompanies them wherever their fate leads them.

As such, the visitor can expect an open, emancipated and happy society whose connections to Europe, America and Africa couldn't be any more profound and whose exemplary tolerance and candidness encounters and welcomes those peoples who at one time suppressed, enslaved, made submissive and colonized them.
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