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Countries of the World: Seychelles
Resources about Seychelles including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Seychelles GDP (2009, official exchange rate): $656 million. Annual growth rate (2009 est.): -8.7%. Per capita income (2009 est., purchasing power parity): $19,400. Average inflation rate (2009 est.): 34%. Natural resources: Fish. Agriculture: Copra, cinnamon, vanilla, coconuts, sweet potatoes, tapioca, bananas, tuna, chicken, teas. Industry: Tourism, re-exports, maritime services. Trade: Exports (2009 est.)--$366 million: canned tuna, frozen/fresh fish, frozen prawns, cinnamon bark. Imports (2009 est.)--$658 million. Major partners--U.K., France, Mauritius, Japan, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Saudi Arabia. Official exchange rate (2009): 14.2 rupees=U.S. $1.

Geography of Seychelles Area: 444 sq. km. (171 sq. mi.); about 2.5 times the size of Washington DC. Major islands: Mahe and Praslin. Cities: Capital--Victoria. Terrain: About half of the islands are granitic in origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges of hills rising to 914 meters. The other half are coral atolls, many uninhabitable. Climate: Tropical marine.

Government of Seychelles Type: Multiple-party republic. Independence: June 29, 1976. Constitution: June 18, 1993. Branches: Executive--president (chief of state and head of government). Legislative--unicameral National Assembly with 34 seats (25 directly elected and 9 allocated on a proportional basis). Judicial--Supreme Court, Appeals Court. Political parties: New Democratic Party (DP), Seychelles National Party (SNP), Parti Lepep (formerly known as Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF)). Suffrage: Universal at 17.

Map of Seychelles This Map of Seychelles shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Victoria the capital of Seychelles. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Seychelles The Official Name of Seychelles is the Republic of Seychelles. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Seychelles Nationality: Noun and adjective--Seychellois. Population (July 2009 est.): 87,122. Annual population growth rate (2009 est.): -0.02%. Ethnic groups: Creole (European, Asian, and African). Religions: Catholic 82.3%, Anglican Church 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6%. Languages: Official languages are Creole, English, and French. Education: Public schools and private schools, compulsory through grade 10. Literacy--92%. Health: Free government health services for all people. Life expectancy--male 68.3 yrs, female 77.9 yrs. Infant mortality rate--12.3/1,000. Work force: 39,560 with 3,550 unemployed. Industries include tourism, fishing, manufacturing, and construction.

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