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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):
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
Major islands: Mahe and Praslin.
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
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
Work force: 39,560 with 3,550 unemployed. Industries include
tourism, fishing, manufacturing, and construction.
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