Cape Verde (/ˈvɜːrd(i)/ (About this soundlisten)) or Cabo Verde (/ˌkɑːboʊ ˈvɜːrdeɪ/ (About this soundlisten), /ˌkæb-/) (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, pronounced [ˈkabu ˈveɾdɨ]), officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean. The ten volcanic islands in its archipelago have a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometres (1,557 sq mi).
Praia (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpɾajɐ], Portuguese for “beach”) is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde. Located on the southern coast of Santiago island, within the Sotavento Islands group, the city is the seat of the Praia Municipality. Praia is the economic, political, and cultural center of Cabo Verde.