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Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

Country Fact Sheet
Capital Victoria
Surface 455 sq km
Currency Seychelles rupee (SCR)
GDP Purchasing power parity - $1.537 billion
GDP/Capita (PPP) - $18,700
Language Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)
Religion Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)

presidential republic

Time Zone GMT +3 hours 
Telecom Code +248

Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)

Driving On left hand side of the road, license required
Electrical 220/240V, 50Hz
Political Climate Stable country
Population 82247 people

The Seychelles islands remained uninhabited for more than 150 years after they became known to Western explorers. The island appeared on Portuguese charts as early 1505, although Arabs may have visited them much earlier. In 1742, the French Governor of Mauritius, Mahe de Labourdonais, sent an expedition to the islands. A second expedition in 1756 reasserted formal possession by France and gave the islands their present name in honor of the French finance minister under King Louis XV. The new French colony barely survived its first decade and did not begin to flourish until 1794, when Queau de Quincy became commandant.

The Seychelles islands were captured and freed several times during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, then passed officially to the British under the Treaty of Paris 1814.

From the date of its founding by the French until 1903, the Seychelles Colony was regarded as a dependency of Mauritius, which also passed from the French to British rule in 1814. In 1888, a separate administrator and executive and administrative councils were established for the Seychelles archipelago. Nine years later, the administrator acquired full powers of a British colonial governor, and on August 31, 1903, Seychelles became a separate British Crown colony.

In March 1970, colonial and political representatives of Seychelles met in London for a constitutional convention. Elections in November 1970 brought a resulting constitution into effect. Further elections were held in April 1974, in which both major political parties campaigned for independence. Following this election, negotiations with the British resulted in an agreement by which Seychelles became a sovereign republic on June 29, 1976. These negotiations also restored the islands of Aldabra, Farquhar, and Des Roches, which had been transferred from Seychelles in November 1965 to form part of the new British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) to Seychelles upon independence.

Local Business & Service Providers
» L'Archipel
Automotive services
» EZ Trip
Business travel
» Roots Travel
Corporate incentives
Financial services
» Development Bank of Seychelles, Victoria
Financial Technology
» PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk
Intellectual Property
» Fidelity Corporate Services (Seychelles) Ltd
Legal and fiduciary
» Sterling Offshore Ltd.
» Paradise Sun
Local Radio
» 102.8 RFI 1 Afrique
» 106.2 BBC World Service
» 1368 SBC AM 1368
» 92.6 Paradise FM
Local Weather Forecast
» BBC Weather
» Reuters
Government Agencies
» Ministry of Industries and International Business
» Ministry of Tourism
» Seychelles Government Online
» Seychelles International Business Authority
» Seychelles Investment Bureau
» Statistics and Database Administration
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