Community of Portuguese Language Countries

Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (Portuguese)
Community of Portuguese Language Countries
Map of CPLP member states (blue), associate observers (green).
Map of CPLP member states (blue), associate observers (green).
HeadquartersPenafiel Palace
Lisbon, Portugal

38°42.65′N 9°8.05′W / 38.71083°N 9.13417°W / 38.71083; -9.13417
Official languagePortuguese
Membership
Leaders
East Timor Zacarias da Costa
• Director-General
São Tomé and Príncipe Armindo Brito Fernandes
• President of the Parliamentary Assembly
Guinea-Bissau Cipriano Cassamá
EstablishmentJuly 17, 1996
Area
• Total
10,743,526 km2 (4,148,099 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
287 million (2021)

The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Portuguese: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa; abbr.: CPLP), also known as the Lusophone Commonwealth (Portuguese: Comunidade Lusófona),[1][2] is an international organization and political association of Lusophone nations across four continents, where Portuguese is an official language. The CPLP operates as a privileged, multilateral forum for the mutual cooperation of the governments, economies, non-governmental organizations, and peoples of the Lusofonia.[3] The CPLP consists of 9 member states and 32 associate observers, located in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, totaling 37 countries and 4 organizations.

The history of the CPLP began when it was founded in 1996, in Lisbon, by Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe, nearly two decades after the beginning of the decolonization of the Portuguese Empire. Following the independence of Timor-Leste in 2002 and the application by Equatorial Guinea in 2014, both of those countries became members of the CPLP. Macau (a Special Administrative Region of China), Galicia (an Autonomous Community of Spain), and Uruguay are formally interested in full membership and another 17 countries across the world are formally interested in associate observer status.

  1. ^ Rogers-Glabush, Julie (October 4, 2009). IBFD International Tax Glossary. IBFD. ISBN 9789087220570 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Africa South of the Sahara 2003. Psychology Press. October 31, 2002. ISBN 9781857431315 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "CPLP Objectivos" (in Portuguese). CPLP. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

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