Seychelles Overview

Country Profile

The Republic of Seychelles in situated in the Indian Ocean, covering an area of 455 square kilometers. It has a population of 81,000, most of whom are of Bantu, Creole, Indian or Pakistani descent. Residents are Christian, and the Creole language is spoken, along with English and French. The currency is the Seychelles rupee and the capital is Victoria.

Seychelles National Flag

The flag of the Seychelles flag flows in color from the left hand side from blue, yellow, red, white and green.

Seychelles Country Flag

History Summary

The Portuguese arrived at the island in the 16th century and name it Seven Sisters Island. In 1756 the French occupied the island, renaming it the Seychelles. In 1794, the British replaced the French, which led to the island changing hands between the two for many years, before they finally signed a peace treaty in 1814. At this point the Seychelles became a British colony. In 1970 an internal self-government was established, and on June 29, 1976, independence was declared, with the country officially becoming the Republic of Seychelles. Economy and Cultural Customs
The Seychelles is made up of 115 granite islands and atolls, with warm temperature and precipitation creating dense forests. There are many seabirds on the island, with more than 550 million swallows.

Seychelles beautiful scenery and pleasant weather means that it is considered a tourist paradise. Tourism and fisheries are the two economic pillars and major sources of income. There are more developed fisheries than in Seoul, with tuna produced. The Seychelles has a good welfare policy, free medical care, life-long health-care system, and full employment program.

Sea palm

Sea coconut is a specialty of the Seychelles. Also known as palm, the trees can grow to a height of 30 meters and can live for years. They grow very slowly, take a century to develop their long shape, Sea Coconut maturity required in 2078, a mature can weigh 20 kg Sea Coconut is the plant kingdom’s most important and largest fruit. Sea coconut is a high quality and nourishing product, and the shell can be carved into a variety of crafts, with the leaves used to weave mats, baskets, and other items.

Aldabra atoll large

Located 420 kilometers north of Madagascar, the Aldabra atoll covers an area of 350 square kilometers. Containing a diverse ecological environment, it has rich flora and fauna and in 1971 was listed by UNESCO World Heritage List. The atoll is home to about 150 000 turtles, and is one of the few places where they can live without human interference.

Seychelles Map

Seychelles Map

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