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Flag of Seychelles
This is a virtal guide to the Seychelles, an archipelago located 1,600 km (1,000 mi) east of the African coast in the Indian Ocean at the crossroad between Asia and Africa.
Location map of the Seychelles
The Seychelles are one of the world's most beautiful tropical islands destination. The archipelago consists of 116 islands spread over 1 million km² of the western Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, with a total land area of 444 km², making the island nation just about the size of Andorra, or 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC.
About half of the islands are of granitic origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges of hills rising up to 900 m at Morne Seychellois, the highest peak in the archipelago. The other half are coral atolls, many of them uninhabited.
The island nation has a population of 92,000 (in 2015), capital city is Victoria on Mahé, the largest island. Spoken languages are Seychellois Creole 90%, English and French (all official).
Republic of Seychelles
Some scholars claim that the uninhabited islands of Seychelles were sighted by Vasco de Gama in 1502, however recorded landings did not occur until 1609. In 1756 France made a formal claim to the islands. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, the Minister of Finance under Louis XV, King of France.
Settlement began in 1778 under a French military administration but barely survived its first decade.
A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the British. Seychelles and Mauritius were given to England by the Treaty of Paris in 1814.
During the 19th century, chinese and indian tradesmen, together with former slaves settled in the island. They founded their own colony seperated from the Crown in 1903.
Seychelles became independant and members of the Commonwealth in 1976
Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. .
(Source: various sources)
related countries: France, Madagascar, Mauritius, United Kingdom
Creole: Repiblik Sesel
English: Republic of Seychelles
French: République des Seychelles
ISO Country Code: sc
Actual Time: Sun-June-24 20:25
Time Zone: SCT - Seychelles Times
Local Time = UTC +4h
Country Calling Code: +248
Capital City: Victoria (pop. 24 500)
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.
The other half are coral atolls, many uninhabitable.
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)
Exports partners: France 18.2%, UK 17.9%, Mauritius 10%, Japan 9.2%, Italy 7.8%, Spain 4.5% (2015)
Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals, other manufactured goods
Imports - partners: Saudi Arabia 22.5%, Spain 11.1%, Singapore 7.4%, China 4.5%, South Africa 4.1%, France 4% (2015)
Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
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Official Sites of Seychelles
Office of the President, Government of Seychelles.
Government of Seychelles Portal
Official website of the Government of Seychelles
Seychelles National Assembly
Official website of the The National Assembly of Seychelles.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles
Official site of the ministry.
Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Seychelles
List of Diplomatic Missions of the Seychelles.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Mahé, Seychelles
List of Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Seychelles.
National Statistics Bureau
Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics.
Weather and Climate information about the Seychelles
Map of Seychelles
Shaded Relief Map of Seychelles.
Google Earth Seychelles
Searchable map and satellite view of Seychelles.
Google Earth Victoria
Searchable map and satellite view of Seychelles' capital.
Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
Image: Remi Jouan
A government newspaper, published daily.
Seychelles News Agency
Government founded news agency.
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Arts & CultureFestival Kreol Seychelles
Le Festival Créole des Seychelles, page about Seychelles Créole Culture.
Business & Economy
Central Bank of Seychelles
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Seychelles - Travel and Tour Guides
Discover the archipelago: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, Assomption, Astove, St. Pierre Island, Cousin and Cousine Islands.
Seychelles Tourism Board
Official guide to the islands of the Seychelles.
Visitors guide to the main islands.
Seychelles - a tropical island paradise
Nice online guide to the Seychelles.
The Seychelles underwater festival.
EducationMinistry of Education and Youth
Official site of the Ministry.
Environment & NatureDepartment of Environment
Official government website of the Department of Environment.
Aldabra Marine Programme
Site with information about long term monitoring of coral reefs at Aldabra Atoll, one of the world's largest, situated in the IndianOcean, part of the Seychelles.
The Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles
Preserve the species and environments of the Seychelles islands through practical conservation, research and publication.
Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF)
The foundation manages and protects the World Heritage Sites of Aldabra and Vallee de Mai. Aldabra, the world's second largest coral atoll and Vall�e de Mai, a Nature Reserve located on the island of Praslin, represent the rich natural heritage of Seychelles.
Seychelles Marine Conservation Expedition
The site for information on marine biodiversity and conservation in the Seychelles.
HistoryA brief of history Seychelles
provided by Seychelles Tourism Board.
The History of Seychelles
by The Seychelles Nation Newspaper.
A Seychelles time line.
The Seychelles case
Mahé International Airport, Nov. 1981
Files about the coup to bring down the Seychelles government of President France-Albert René and to re-install the former President James Mancham.
Additional Information on the Seychelles
Africa South of the Sahara: Seychelles
African Studies Center - UPenn: Seychelles Page
BBC News Country Profile: Seychelles
Open Directory Project: Seychelles
The World Factbook -- Seychelles
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