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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 455 square kilometres (2.5 times the size of Washington, DC) with 82,000 citizens.

Interactive map of Seychelles

The topography includes Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly with 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) and warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May). Possible natural disasters include 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

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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

SummaryContinent: Africa
Capital: Victoria
Size455 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 175 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
CurrencyName Rupee, Currency Code:SCR
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD).sc
Telephone Country Prefix+248
Mobile Phone Connections92,300
Landline Phone Connections22,100

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 nameValueWorld Rank
Area455 (sq km)199

People and Society

Value nameValueWorld Rank
Population90,846 197
Population growth rate0.90 (%)124
Birth rate14.85 (births/1,000 population)134
Death rate6.89 (deaths/1,000 population)135
Net migration rate1.01 (migrant(s)/1,000 population)55
Infant mortality rate11.06 (deaths/1,000 live births)136
Life expectancy at birth74.01 (years)116
Total fertility rate1.89 (children born/woman)141
Health expenditures3.40 (% of GDP)177
Obesity - adult prevalence rate23.90 (%)70
Education expenditures4.80 (% of GDP)80
Unemployment, youth ages 15-2420.30 (%)56


Value nameValueWorld Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity)2,355,000,000 188
GDP - real growth rate2.80 (%)113
GDP - per capita (PPP)25,600 61
Labor force39,560 197
Unemployment rate2.00 (%)13
Investment (gross fixed)41.70 (% of GDP)6
Taxes and other revenues37.90 (% of GDP)53
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)1.40 (% of GDP)26
Public debt39.30 (% of GDP)93
Inflation rate (consumer prices)7.20 (%)178
Commercial bank prime lending rate11.19 (%)74
Stock of narrow money325,700,000 170
Stock of broad money553,400,000 175
Stock of domestic credit457,500,000 174
Industrial production growth rate2.00 (%)116
Current account balance-179,800,000 76
Exports501,800,000 171
Imports890,800,000 180
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold272,800,000 156
Debt - external1,453,000,000 147


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Electricity - production245,000,000 (kWh)176
Electricity - consumption227,900,000 (kWh)182
Electricity - installed generating capacity95,000 (kW)170
Electricity - from fossil fuels100.00 (% of total installed capacity)36
Refined petroleum products - consumption7,793 (bbl/day)160
Refined petroleum products - imports6,923 (bbl/day)142
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy1,245,000 (Mt)161


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Telephones - main lines in use27,900 180
Telephones - mobile cellular126,600 187
Internet hosts247 196
Internet users32,000 180


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Airports14 150
Roadways508 (km)194
Merchant marine9 117


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Military expenditures0.80 (% 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

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