Dwelling on Africa: Country Report “Seychelles”

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Seychelles is an island country connected to the Indian Ocean connected to the African continent. It is in the Indian Ocean and about 1200 km northeast of Madagascar and about 1600 km east of Zanzibar. The area is approximately 493 km². This area includes 92 islands and islets, coral and granite islands and rocks. Although the archipelago is very close to the equator, the climate is temperate due to southeastern alluvials.

The population of the country is approximately 71,000. The population density is 157. Annual population growth is around 2%. More than 60% of the population is young, and about 37% live in cities.

Background at Seychelles

The country, which was thought to be found by the Portuguese in 1505, was occupied by the French in 1768. In 1794, he came under the rule of the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1810 it continued as an English colony. Seychelles, which was the colony of many countries from this time until 1976, declared its independence in 1976.

Business & Economy in Seychelles

Its public sector, which includes government and state-owned enterprises, dominates the economy in terms of employment and gross income by employing two-thirds of the labor force.

Geography of Seychelles

Location: 1200 km northeast of the Indian Ocean and Madagascar and about 1600 km east of Zanzibar
Area: 493 km²
Terrain: 92 islands and islets, coral and granite islands and reefs are included.
Climate: Temperate due to southeast.

People of Seychelles

Population: 95,843 (2017)
Ethnic Groups: Creoller refers to people of French origin, Louisianada and Spanish origin, who were born and lived in the Caribbean Islands.
Languages: Seychelles Creole, English and French.
Religions: Most people are Catholic. There are also some Muslims, Protestants and Hindus.

Natural Resources of Seychelles

Bananas, sweet potatoes, cassava and its product are starch, coconate and vanilla.

Agricultural Products of Seychelles

Coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potato, cassava (tapioca), banana; poultry, tuna.

Industries in Seychelles

Fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coconut fiber rope, boat building, printing, furniture and beverage.

Exports – Commodities in Seychelles

Canned tuna, frozen fish, cinnamon bark, copra, petroleum products (re-export). As of 2013, the main export products were processed fish (60%) and non-fillet frozen fish (22%).

Exports Partners of Seychelles

United Kingdom 21.1%, France 19.1%, Mauritius 10.1%, Japan 7.9%, Italy 7.8%, Netherlands 6% (2008).

Imports – Commodities in Seychelles

Machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products.

Imports – Partners of Seychelles

Fra Saudi Arabia 17.2%, Singapore 12.2%, France 10.1%, Spain 8%, Germany 7%, India 6.9%, South Africa 4.6% (2008).

Currency of Seychelles

Seychelles Rupee

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