• H.E. James Alix Michel

  • President

  • “Africa is seen as the continent of tomorrow, the continent of the future and I can say that the ocean is the new frontier. So we must all work hard in partnership to propel the African continent to play its role as the youngest and fastest-growing continent in the globalised world.”
Full name Republic of Seychelles
Capital Victoria
Area 455 km2
Location Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar
Geographic coordinates 4 35 S, 55 40 E
Population 92,430
Languages
  • Seychellois Creole (official) 89.1%
  • English (official) 5.1%
  • French (official) 0.7%
  • other 3.8%
  • unspecified 1.4%
Religion
  • Roman Catholic 76.2%
  • Protestant 10.6% (Anglican 6.1%, Pentecostal Assembly 1.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.2%, other Protestant 1.6%)
  • other Christian 2.4%
  • Hindu 2.4%
  • Muslim 1.6%
  • other non-Christian 1.1%
  • unspecified 4.8%,
  • none 0.9%
Demonym Seychellois (singular and plural)
Currency Seychelles rupee (SCR)
Country code +248
Internet code .sc
Industry Fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir (coconut fibre) rope
Agriculture Coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, broiler chickens, tuna fish
Exports Canned tuna, frozen fish, cinnamon bark, copra, petroleum products
Government website www.egov.sc
Geographic note The capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is considered the smallest in the world and can be explored on foot in less than a day.
Source: CIA World Factbook & National Geographic
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Introduction

Talcum-powder beaches lapped by topaz waters, lush hills, a sublime laid-back tempo—these dreams of a tropical paradise become reality in the Seychelles. Undeniably, the pristine beaches of these 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean are the country’s biggest attraction. Some of the favourites include world-famous Anse Source d'Argent, secluded Anse Marron, Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio.

Diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities in the Seychelles. Healthy reefs, canyon-like terrain, shallow shelves, exciting shipwrecks, impressive granite outcrops and splendid coral gardens give divers and snorkelers almost instant access to a variety of underwater environments. The water is warm and clear, and teeming with life from the tiniest juvenile tropical to the largest pelagic creature, including whale sharks. Whether you're an experienced diver or slapping on fins for the first time, there are sites for all levels. And you'll be welcomed by qualified, multilingual instructors in state-of-the-art dive centres.

Source: Lonely Planet

Economy

In July 2015, Seychelles reached high-income status after its average gross national income (GNI) per capita reached USD 13,710 for 2013-2014. The government has implemented sound macroeconomic policies and comprehensive structural reforms in recent years. These have supported robust economic growth, averaging 5.3% during 2011-2015, driven primarily by tourism and information and communication technology (ICT).

Seychelles’ medium-term growth outlook is moderate, with gross domestic product (GDP) projected to grow at 3.1% in 2016 and 3.7% in 2017. The traditional tourism and fisheries sectors are expected to remain the main drivers of growth. Prudent fiscal and monetary policies have helped consolidate macroeconomic stability. Inflation is expected to remain below 3% in 2016 and 2017.

To promote the socio-economic development of the country, the government adopted the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2015-2019 in November 2015, with the concept of the “Blue Economy” as its centrepiece. The concept emphasises the economic potential of Seychelles’ vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a marine area of 1,374,000 km2 (the second largest in Africa), for inclusive growth. This innovative concept integrates conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources, oil and mineral wealth extraction, bio-prospecting, sustainable energy production and marine transport, as well as branding Seychelles a “blue” tourism destination. The NDS 2015-2019 focuses on four key results areas: governance, economic development, social development, and environment and energy.

Successes

Seychelles is considered by the UN Human Development Programme to have ‘High Human Development’ and is the highest ranked sub-Saharan African country in the 2009 Human Development Report. The country’s life expectancy, adult literacy and GDP per capita figures are all the highest of any country in the SADC.

Despite lurching from coup to attempted coup shortly after independence, Seychelles has managed to entrench electoral democracy with Presidential and National Assembly elections. Although the ruling ‘Parti Lepep’ has retained power each time, international observers consider the elections to have been free and fair.