The Republic of Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is an island country, spanning an archipelago located in the Macaronesia ecoregion of the central Atlantic Ocean, off the western coast of Africa, close to Mauritania and Senegal.
It is slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi) in area, with an estimated population of over 500,000. The capital of Cape Verde is Praia. The previously uninhabited islands were discovered and colonised by the Portuguese in the 15th century and attained independence from Portugal in 1975.
Cape Verde is classified as a developing country since 2007. About 20% of the population lives below the poverty threshold. Having scarce natural resources, it was in the past an important location in the maritime commercial routes through the Atlantic (between Europe, Africa and America), but currently its economy is mostly service-oriented, with a growing focus on tourism, which benefits from the islands' warm climate throughout the year.
Politically, the country is a very stable democracy, having been distinguished several times among African nations for its stability (no wars were ever fought in its territory), constant growth, and improvement of living conditions, despite its lack of natural riches.
Cântico da Liberdade (in English: Song of Freedom) is the national anthem of Cape Verde. It was made official in 1996, before that the national anthem was the same as that of Guinea-Bissau. The music was composed by Adalberto Higino Tavares Silva, and the lyrics written by Amílcar Spencer Lopes.
Sing, brother Sing, my brother For Freedom is a hymn And Man a certainty. With dignity, bury the seed In the dust of the naked island: In life ís precipice Hope is as big as the sea Which embraces us. Unwavering sentinel of the seas and winds Between the stars and the Atlantic ocean Sing the Chant of Freedom.
The stamp above is a set of three, the National Symbols Issue featuring the flag, seal and national anthem issued in 1997.