Paul, Cape Verde

Paul is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. Situated in the northeastern part of the island of Santo Antão, it covers 7% of the island area (54.3 km2), and is home to 16% of its population (6,997 at the 2010 census).[2] Its seat is the town Pombas.

Paul
Municipality
Location of Paul
Coordinates: 17°07′N 25°01′W / 17.12°N 25.01°W / 17.12; -25.01Coordinates: 17°07′N 25°01′W / 17.12°N 25.01°W / 17.12; -25.01
CountryCape Verde
IslandSanto Antão
Area
 • Total54.26 km2 (20.95 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)[1]
 • Total6,997
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Postal code
11xx
ID12
The Paul Valley on Santo Antão

The municipality and parishEdit

The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Santo António das Pombas. The freguesia is subdivided into the following settlements (population at the 2010 census):

DemographyEdit

Population of Paul (1940—2010)
Year Population
1940[4]
5,845
1950[4]
5,370
1960[4]
6,024
1970[4]
8,000
1980[4]
7,983
1990[4]
8,121
2000[4]
8,385
2010[2]
6,997

GeographyEdit

The municipality has a rugged landscape, defined by the mountain valleys of the rivers Ribeira do Paul, Ribeira das Pombas, Ribeira de Gil, Ribeira da Janela, Ribeira do Penedo and Ribeira da Aguada. Its southwesternmost point is formed by the Cova Caldera. Its highest point is Pico da Cruz, at 1585 m elevation. The Cova-Paul-Ribeira da Torre Natural Park lies partly in the municipality of Paul. The national roads EN1-SA02 and EN1-SA03 connect Pombas with Ribeira Grande and Porto Novo, respectively.

HistoryEdit

In 1867 the municipalities of Paul (covering the area of current Paul and Porto Novo) and Ribeira Grande were created from the previous municipality that covered the whole island of Santo Antão. These were merged in 1895 into one municipality, and recreated in 1917. In 1962 the municipality of Paul received its current borders, when the new municipality of Porto Novo was created.[5]

Notable peopleEdit

PoliticsEdit

Since 2012, the Movement for Democracy (MpD) is the ruling party of the municipality. The results of the latest elections, in 2016:[6]

Party Municipal Council Municipal Assembly
Votes% Seats Votes% Seats
MpD 55.29 5 54.95 8
PAICV 38.03 0 37.23 5
UCID 3.77 0 4.33 0

Sister citiesEdit

Paul has five sister municipalities, all of them are in Portugal: Almodôvar, Benavente, Gavião, Odivelas and Sernancelhe.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b 2010 Census Summary
  3. ^ Cabo Verde, Statistical Yearbook 2015, Instituto Nacional de Estatística, p. 32-33
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Source: Statoids
  5. ^ Inventário dos recursos turísticos do município do Paúl, Direcção Geral do Turismo, p. 16
  6. ^ Official results local elections 2016, Boletim Oficial I Série, Número 53, 23 September 2016
  7. ^ Geminações de Cidades e Vilas

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