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This is a virtal guide to the Seychelles, an archipelago located one thousand miles east of the African coast in the Indian Ocean at the crossroad between Asia and Africa.

The Seychelles are definitely one of the world's most beautiful tropical islands destination. The archipelago consists of 115 islands spread over 1.3 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. The other half are coral atolls, many of them uninhabited.

This page is about many aspects of the island state. Here you will find comprehensive information about the Republic of Seychelles its geography, economy, people, culture, environment, government and history.

You will have access to newspapers from Seychelles and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Seychelles.

Felicite and Sisters Island, Seychelles
Felicite and Sisters Island, Seychelles
Image: Raymond Sahuquet / STB

Republic of Seychelles

Country Profile

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Flag of Seychelles
Where in Africa are the Seychelles?

Official Name:
Creole: Repiblik Sesel
English: Republic of Seychelles
French: République des Seychelles

ISO Country Code: sc

Actual Time: Tue-May-24  23:35
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 91,000 (2010 census)
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, cinnamon bark, copra, petroleum products (reexports)

Exports partners: France 27.7%, UK 17.6%, Japan 15.2%, Italy 10.6% (2012)

Imports - partners: Saudi Arabia 24%, Spain 12.1%, France 5.9% (2012)

Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)


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

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Official Sites of Seychelles

Virtual Seychelles
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
Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Seychelles
Address list of Diplomatic Missions of the Seychelles and Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Seychelles.

National Statistics Bureau
published by the Statistics and Database Administration Section (SDAS) of MISD.

Meteo Seychelles
Weather and Climate information about the Seychelles


Map of Seychelles
Shaded Relief Map of Seychelles.
Google Earth Google Earth Seychelles
Searchable map and satellite view of Seychelles.
Google Earth 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.

St. Pierre Island
St. Pierre Island © STB


Seychelles Nation
A government newspaper, published daily.
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Arts & Culture

Festival Kreol Seychelles
Le Festival Créole des Seychelles, page about Seychelles Créole Culture.


Business & Economy

Central Bank of Seychelles
Official website of the Central Bank.

Seychelles Investment Bureau
Official website of the Seychelles Investment Bureau

Seychelles International Business Authority
The Authority is essentially a one-stop shop that covers both licensing and regulation of the primary offshore business activities.

Air Seychelles
The Creole Spirit. - Mahe, Seychelles based airline - connects Mahé with six European capitals and nine major cities around the Indian Ocean.
Helicopter Seychelles
Seychelles shuttle service.


Destination Seychelles - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover the archipelago: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, Assomption, Astove, St. Pierre Island, Cousin and Cousine Islands.

Seychelles Tourist Office
Tourist office and comprehensive guide to all 115 islands.

Virtual Seychelles
A guide to the Seychelles with regional news and comprehensive country information.

Seychelles - a tropical island paradise
Nice online guide to the Seychelles.

The Seychelles underwater festival.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Seychelles: Cousin and Cousine Islands
Cousin and Cousine Islands © STB


Ministry of Education and Youth
Official site of the Ministry.



Environment & Nature

Department 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.
Seychelles: Ile Coco
Ile Coco © STB


A brief of history Seychelles
provided by Seychelles Tourism Board.
The History of Seychelles
by The Seychelles Nation Newspaper.
Seychelles History
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.



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