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Seychelles Country Guide

Explore Seychelles in Africa

Seychelles with the capital city Victoria is located in Africa (archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar). It covers some 456 square kilometres (2.5 times the size of Washington, DC) with 82,000 citizens.

Interactive map of Seychelles

The landscape offers Mahe Group being granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly and others are coral, flat, elevated reefs. The average density of population is approximately 180 per km². The notable climate conditions in Seychelles can be described as tropical marine with humid, cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September), warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May). Potential threats by nature are lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare or short droughts possible.

To reach someone in Seychelles dial +248 prior to a number. There are 22,100 installed telephones. And there are 92,300 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".sc". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 240V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Seychelles

Five oblique bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, red, white, and green (bottom) radiating from the bottom of the hoist side; the oblique bands are meant to symbolize a dynamic new country moving into the future; blue represents sky and sea, yellow the sun giving light and life, red the peoples' determination to work for the future in unity and love, white social justice and harmony, green the land and natural environment.

A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist 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 re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term; he was reelected in May 2011.

Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Africa
Capital: Victoria
Size 455 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 176 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Population 82,000
Currency Name: Rupee, Currency Code: SCR
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .sc
Telephone Country Prefix +248
Mobile Phone Connections 92,300
Landline Phone Connections 22,100

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).


Value name Value World Rank
Area 455 (sq km) 199

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 90,846 197
Population growth rate 0.90 (%) 124
Birth rate 14.85 (births/1,000 population) 134
Death rate 6.89 (deaths/1,000 population) 135
Net migration rate 1.01 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 55
Infant mortality rate 11.06 (deaths/1,000 live births) 136
Life expectancy at birth 74.01 (years) 116
Total fertility rate 1.89 (children born/woman) 141
Health expenditures 3.40 (% of GDP) 177
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 23.90 (%) 70
Education expenditures 4.80 (% of GDP) 80
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 20.3 (%) 56


Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 2,355,000,000 188
GDP - real growth rate 2.80 (%) 113
GDP - per capita (PPP) 25,600 61
Labor force 39,560 197
Unemployment rate 2.00 (%) 13
Investment (gross fixed) 41.70 (% of GDP) 6
Taxes and other revenues 37.9 (% of GDP) 53
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) 1.40 (% of GDP) 26
Public debt 39.30 (% of GDP) 93
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 7.20 (%) 178
Commercial bank prime lending rate 11.19 (%) 74
Stock of narrow money 325,700,000 170
Stock of broad money 553,400,000 175
Stock of domestic credit 457,500,000 174
Industrial production growth rate 2.00 (%) 116
Current account balance -179,800,000 76
Exports 501,800,000 171
Imports 890,800,000 180
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 272,800,000 156
Debt - external 1,453,000,000 147


Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 245,000,000 (kWh) 176
Electricity - consumption 227,900,000 (kWh) 182
Electricity - installed generating capacity 95000 (kW) 170
Electricity - from fossil fuels 100.0 (% of total installed capacity) 36
Refined petroleum products - consumption 7,793 (bbl/day) 160
Refined petroleum products - imports 6,923 (bbl/day) 142
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 1,245,000 (Mt) 161


Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 27,900 180
Telephones - mobile cellular 126,600 187
Internet hosts 247 196
Internet users 32,000 180


Value name Value World Rank
Airports 14 150
Roadways 508 (km) 194
Merchant marine 9 117


Value name Value World Rank
Military expenditures 0.80 (% of GDP) 148

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

List of current world heritage sites

Name Since
Aldabra Atoll
The atoll is comprised of four large coral islands which enclose a shallow lagoon; the group of islands is itself surrounded by a coral reef. Due to difficulties of access and the atoll's isolation, Aldabra has been protected from human influence and ...
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
In the heart of the small island of Praslin, the reserve has the vestiges of a natural palm forest preserved in almost its original state. The famous coco de mer , from a palm-tree once believed to grow in the depths of the sea, is the largest seed i ...