Administrative divisions of Cape Verde

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The territory of Cape Verde is divided into 22 concelhos (municipalities), and subdivided into 32 freguesias (equivalent to civil parish).

In Portuguese language usage, there are two words to distinguish the territory and the administrative organ. Administratively, right below the government, there are the municípios (municipalities), who administrate the concelhos, and below them, the juntas de freguesia who administrate the freguesias (civil parishes). Therefore, the concelhos are the first-level administrative subdivision in Cape Verde.

The islands are traditionally divided in two geographic regions (with no administrative meaning):


Municipalities and civil parishes

On the Barlavento Islands

Island Municipality Parish
Santo Antão Ribeira Grande Nossa Senhora do Rosário
Nossa Senhora do Livramento
Santo Crucifixo
São Pedro Apóstolo
Paul Santo António das Pombas
Porto Novo São João Baptista
Santo André
São Vicente São Vicente Nossa Senhora da Luz
Santa Luzia
São Nicolau Ribeira Brava Nossa Senhora da Lapa
Nossa Senhora do Rosário
Tarrafal de São Nicolau São Francisco
Sal Sal Nossa Senhora das Dores
Boa Vista Boa Vista Santa Isabel
São João Baptista

On the Sotavento Islands

Island Municipality Parish
Maio Maio Nossa Senhora da Luz
Santiago Praia Nossa Senhora da Graça
São Domingos Nossa Senhora da Luz
São Nicolau Tolentino
Santa Catarina Santa Catarina
São Salvador do Mundo São Salvador do Mundo
Santa Cruz Santiago Maior
São Lourenço dos Órgãos São Lourenço dos Órgãos
Ribeira Grande de Santiago Santíssimo Nome de Jesus
São João Baptista
São Miguel São Miguel Arcanjo
Tarrafal Santo Amaro Abade
Fogo São Filipe São Lourenço
Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Santa Catarina do Fogo Santa Catarina do Fogo
Mosteiros Nossa Senhora da Ajuda
Brava Brava São João Baptista
Nossa Senhora do Monte

Map of municipalities

Tarrafal São Miguel São Salvador do Mundo Santa Cruz São Domingos Praia Ribeira Grande São Lourenço dos Órgãos Santa Catarina Brava São Filipe Santa Catarina Mosteiros Maio Boa Vista Sal Ribeira Brava Tarrafal de São Nicolau São Vicente Porto Novo Ribeira Grande Paul
Municipalities of Cape Verde

Listed and numbered according to the map:

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