Praia

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Praia
Aerial view of Praia
Map showing, in red, Praia in the Santiago island.
Coordinates: 14°55′15″N 23°30′30″W / 14.92083°N 23.50833°W / 14.92083; -23.50833Coordinates: 14°55′15″N 23°30′30″W / 14.92083°N 23.50833°W / 14.92083; -23.50833
Country  Cape Verde
Municipality Praia (seat)
Area
 • Total 94 km2 (36 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 127,832
 • Density 1,360/km2 (3,522/sq mi)
Area code(s) +238

Praia is the capital of the island nation of Cape Verde. It lies on Santiago island in the Sotavento archipelago. The city has, in 2010, a population of 127,832. Praia is Cape Verde's largest city. It is also the commercial center of the country. The name Praia means "beach" in Portuguese.

Praia has a port that transports coffee, sugar cane, and tropical fruits. Praia also has a fishing industry. The city is home to one of the nation's two international airports. There are resort beaches nearby.

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Some of the interesting things to see in Praia include:

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Praia has many schools, churches, beaches, ports, and a university named after Jean Piaget.

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