Africa > East Africa > Seychelles


Capital: Victoria; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 4.5 %
Key Facts

Full name: The Republic of Seychelles
Population: 86,500 (UN, 2010)
Area: 455 sq km (176 sq miles)
Major languages: English, French, Creole
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: n/a
Monetary unit: 1 Seychelles rupee = 100 cents
Main exports: Fish, cinnamon bark, copra, petroleum products (re-exports)
GNI per capita:
US $9,760 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .sc
International dialling code: +248

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  • The American Dream with Donald Trump seen by a Seychelles President


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  • ‘We are working to bring financial services closer to the people’


    Next entering an IMF-supported program in 2008, the Seychelles has become a beacon of macroeconomic stability thanks to prudent reforms led by the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS). As the country begins laying the groundwork for its radical national development strategy based on the blue economy concept, CBS Governor Caroline Abel expands on the key role her institution is playing in ensuring SMEs are able to access the finance required to take chance of the opportunities opening up in the blue economy, whilst discussing whether Seychelles can be viewed as a role model in terms of female empowerment in the banking sector.

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  • The Seychelles President (Government of The Seychelles)


    The Seychelles President says the Commonwealth needs to adapt to remain relevant in the 21st Century.

    James Michel says issues like climate change and economic instability need to be at the forefront of discussions at the meeting.

    Mr Michel spoke to Santilla Chingaipe about some of the key issues of relevance to the Seychelles at the CHOGM.

  • Outlook for 2014-15


    The country (Seychelles) is situated in archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.
    Land in Seychelles is Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs.
    Seychellois land covers an area of 455 km²

    The climate is tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May). Seychellois (singular and plural) speak Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2%



    The ruling People's Party (PP) holds every seat but one in the legislature following an opposition boycott of the 2011 parliamentary election, and will remain firmly in charge.

    The next presidential and parliamentary elections are not due until 2016. We expect the current president, James Michel, and the PP to be re-elected.

  • Victoria


    Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria) is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, the archipelago's major island. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. In 2009, the people of Better Victoria (including the suburbs) was 25,000 out of the country's total people of 87,972. Victoria is served by Seychelles International Airport, completed in 1971.
    The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, soap, fish and guano.