World Atlas: Seychelles. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Seychelles.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Seychelles. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Seychelles. But let's start with the flag of Seychelles here:
Seychelles - Overview:
What you should know about Seychelles? Let's start with this: A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. During colonial rule, a plantation-based economy developed that relied on imported labor, primarily from European colonies in Africa. Independence came in 1976. Single-party rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was reelected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James Alix Michel took over the presidency and in 2006 was elected to a new five-year term; he was reelected in 2011 and again in 2015. In October 2016, James Michel resigned and handed over the presidency to his Vice-President Danny Faure.
Geography of Seychelles
Where on the globe is Seychelles? The location of this country is archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagasca. Total area of Seychelles is 455 sq km, of which 455 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: Mahe Group is volcanic with a narrow coastal strip and rocky, hilly interior; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs. The lowest point of Seychelles is Indian Ocean 0 m, the highest point Morne Seychellois 905 m. And the climate is tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May).
Inhabitants of Seychelles
Let's take a look how many people live in Seychelles. The number is: 93,920 (July 2017 est.). So not so many people live here. Who lives here? mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Ara. What are the languages in Seychelles? Seychellois Creole (official) 89.1%, English (official) 5.1%, French (official) 0.7%, other 3.8%, unspecified 1.4% (2010 est.). And the religions: Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 10.5% (Anglican 6.1%, Pentecostal Assembly 1.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.2%, other Protestant 1.7), other Christian 2.4%, Hindu 2.4%, Muslim 1.6%, other non-Christian 1.1%, unspecified 4.8%, none 0.9% (2010 est.). How old are the people in average? 35.4 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 74.9 years. Where the people live in Seychelles? Here: more than three-quarters of the population lives on the main island of Mahe; Praslin contains less than 10%; a smaller percent on La Digue and the outer islands. The major urban areas of Seychelles are: Victoria (capital) 26,000 (2014).
Government and Economy of Seychelles
The capital of Seychelles is Victoria and the government type presidential republic. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - 25 administrative districts; Anse aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Etoile, Anse Royale, Au Cap, Baie Lazare, Baie Sainte Anne, Beau Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Cascade, Glacis, Grand Anse Mahe, Grand Anse Praslin, Inner Islands, La Riviere Anglaise, Les Mamalles, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Pointe Larue, Port Glaud, Roche Caiman, Saint Louis, Takamaka. Regarding the economy of Seychelles, important industrial products are fishing, tourism, beverages. Important agricultural products are coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (manioc, tapioca), copra, bananas; tuna. The most important export commodities are canned tuna, frozen fish, petroleum products (reexports) and the most important export partners are UAE 28.8%, France 21%, UK 14.7%, Italy 9.2%, Spain 8.8% (2016). The most important import commodities are machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals, other manufactured goods and the most important import partners are UAE 21.6%, France 9.9%, South Africa 8.4%, Mauritius 7.8%, Spain 7.2%, India 4.9%, China 4.8%, UK 4.7% (2016). How rich is Seychelles and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $28,900 (2017 est.). This means the living standards are good here. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: 39.3% (2013 est.).