Cape Verde asks world to call it Cabo Verde

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It’s Cabo Verde throughout the West African archipelago where Portuguese and Creole are the languages. It's known as Cape Verde in the English-speaking world. It’s Kap Verde in Finland, Sweden, and Germany. And in Italy, it’s Capo Verde.

Each time Cape Verde sends out a diplomatic cable or creates a tourism brochure, the name of the island nation, which won independence from Portugal in 1975, is translated into the native tongue of the country being contacted.

At least they used to have to translate it all the time.

Late last year, Cape Verde made a rare request of the United Nations to change the name of the country to Cabo Verde “in all official languages of the United Nations . . . and request that it should not be translated.”

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