Welcome to Seychelles
At a Glance
Creole: Repiblik Sesel
English: Republic of Seychelles
French: République des Seychelles
Country Calling Code: +248
Capital City: Victoria (pop. 24 500)
Government: Type: Multiple-party republic.
Independence: June 29, 1976 (from UK).
Location: Eastern Africa, group of about 115 islands scattered over 1.3 million square kilometers of the western Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.
Area: 455 km² (176 sq km)
Major Islands: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
Terrain: About half of the islands are of granitic origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges of hills rising to more than 900 m; highest point: Morne Seychellois at 905 m.
Climate: Tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)
Nationality: Noun and adjective-Seychellois.
Population 92,000 (2015)
Ethnic groups: Creole (European, Asian, and African).
Religions: Catholic 86.6%, Anglican Church 6.8%, other Christians 2.5%, other 4.1%.
Languages: Official languages are Seychelles Creole (kreol seselwa), English, and French.
Literacy: between 60-80%.
Natural resources: Fish, copra, cinnamon trees.
Agriculture products: Coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (tapioca), bananas; broiler chickens; tuna fish.
Industries: Fishing; tourism; processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir (coconut fiber) rope, boat building, printing, furniture; beverages.
Exports – commodities: canned tuna, frozen fish, petroleum products (reexports)
Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)