Cape Verde: Quality of life improves but disparities between cities and interior remain

17 June 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 17 June – The quality of life of Cape Verdeans has improved but there are still big disparities between rural and urban areas, according to figures issued Monday in Praia by the Cape Verdean National Statistics Institute (INE).

The Unified Questionnaire on Basic Wellbeing Indicators (QUIBB-CV 2007) showed that the unemployment arte stood at 21.7 percent (21.1 percent in 2006), but whilst Sal and Boavista islands had lower levels of 10 percent, in the council areas of Santa Cruz (Santiago) and Santa Catarina (Fogo) the rate is of around 30 percent.

According to the president of INE, António Duarte, this survey highlights the disparities between urban and rural areas.

The questionnaire shows indicators of the demographic characteristics of the population, as well as information on Access, use and levels of satisfaction of basic services such as Health and Education.

INE surveyed 8,335 families between November 2007 to January 2008, and this survey is the second of its kind to be carried out to find out about living conditions and poverty levels of families. (macauhub)