Seychelles Country Facts

Seychelles Country Facts

Precious treasures are usually well hidden in remote places. The Seychelles were once so well hidden that they were a pirate more preferred Place to bury the prey. The Seychelles are still well hidden today – “a thousand miles from anywhere” – that it is sometimes difficult to find them on a world map, but it is no longer an obstacle that the 115 islands with a land area of ​​only 450 km² far from the African mainland in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Today, perfect flight connections allow for distance comfortable to cover.

Who today vacationSpends in the Seychelles, but will hardly find a pirate treasure. The treasure that the Seychelles keep today is their largely untouched nature. On a trip to the larger islands you will find miles of sandy beaches and the coral reefs off the coast are among the most beautiful in the world. A variety of tropical plants grow on the granite cliffs, the climate is tropical-equatorial with only slight seasonal fluctuations and there are hardly any health or safety risks when traveling to the Seychelles.

You can spend a wonderful luxury holiday in the Seychelles. Tourism employs around 30 percent of the workforce in the Seychelles. Active tourism generates around 70 percent of total income. Many of the Seychelles hotels and resorts have been financed by private investors. Every year new buildings and modernizations are added to the existing hotels.

Since no efficient export industry could develop due to the geographic conditions, the Seychelles residents only have tourism and agriculture. On the islands of the Seychelles there is not enough space for housing and industrial settlements. Therefore, areas for industry and housing were opened up on Mahe Island. An airport has also been located there since the 1970s. The construction of the port of Victoria was realized from 1999 to 2006.

Seychelles Country Facts

Area: 455 km², the Seychelles is the smallest country in Africa.

Population: 89,188 residents (July 2011, COUNTRYAAH.COM), the smallest population in Africa. 89% of them Creoles (with Asian, African and European backgrounds), 3% Madagascans, 2% Chinese, 6% others.

Density: 196 people per sq. Km, one of the highest in Africa.

Population growth: 0.945% per year (2010, CIA)

Capital: Victoria on the main island of Mahé (approx. 23,000 residents, 2005).

Here is a detailed list of the largest cities in the Seychelles.

Form of government: The Seychelles has been a presidential republic since 1976 and is represented in the Commonwealth. The current constitution dates from 1993. The unicameral (national assembly) is made up of 34 members. The Seychelles has been independent of Great Britain since June 29, 1976.

Administrative divisions: 23 government districts: Anse aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Etoile, Anse Louis, Anse Royale, Baie Lazare, Baie Sainte Anne, Beau Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Cascade, Glacis, Grand ‘Anse (on Mahe), Grand ‘Anse (on Praslin), La Digue, La Riviere Anglaise, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Pointe La Rue, Port Glaud, Saint Louis andTakamaka.

Head of government and Head of state: President James Alix Michel, since April 1, 2004

Highest point: Morne Seychellois, 905 m

Lowest point: Indian Ocean, 0 m

Language: The official languages ​​in the Seychelles are Seselwa (spoken by 91.8% of the population), English (4.9%) and French.

Religion: 82.3% Catholics, 6.4% Anglicans, 1.1% Seventh Day Adventist, 3.4% other Christians, 2.1% Hindus, 1.1% Muslims, 1.5% other religions, 1, 5% not specified, 0.6% no religion (2002 census).

Local time: CET + 3 h
On the Seychelles there is no change between summer and winter time.
The time difference to Central Europe is +3 h in winter and +2 h in summer.

Telephone area code: 00248 or +248


Mains voltage: 220/240 V, 50 Hz. Three-pin British plugs are used, so adapters are required.


The Republic of Seychelles , located northeast of Madagascar, consists of 115 islands and is divided into 32 mountain islands (mainly granite stone), which represent the actual Seychelles, and numerous small coral islands southwest of the granite islands, the so-called Outer Islands, which cover an ocean area of ​​over 400,000 km2 spread out. They are only a few meters above sea level, but are densely overgrown thanks to long-term guano fertilization. Aldabra is the largest atoll in the world, makes up a third of the land area of ​​the Seychelles and has been declared a UNESCO Natural Monument.

The Mahé archipelago with Praslin and La Digue, which is called “Inner Islands” or “Seychelles Bank”, is the most densely populated and therefore the most important archipelago in the country. Like most other inhabited areas, their islands belong to the mountain islands. The highest point in the country can be found on Mahé, the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 m above sea level. Around these three large islands there are several small islands, some of which are inhabited, owned by hotel operators or left completely uninhabited for reasons of nature conservation. All are popular destinations for tourists from the three large islands. A little out of the way, not to be assigned to a “mother island” and still belonging to the “Seychelles Bank”, are the islands of Silhouette, Île du Nord (North Island), Frégate, Île Aride, Île aux Vaches and Île Denis.

The secluded location of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean has made a unique diversity of flora and fauna possible. Several national parks and nature reserves protect this natural gem.

Population in the Seychelles

This map of the population distribution in the Seychelles was created by the Worldmapper team. Densely populated areas appear bloated, the area of ​​sparsely populated areas is reduced. The shape of the grid has been preserved; an underlying map with the original geographical extent helps interpret the map. The distorted map should help to present abstract statistical information clearly.

Seychelles Population by Year (Historical)

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