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Population: 84,000 (est.)

Languages: French, English, Seychellois Creole

Capital: Victoria

Interesting Facts:

  • The Seychelles rupee is the official currency of the Seychelles.
  • Most Seychellois are Christians: 82.3% are Roman Catholic, 6.4% are Anglican, and 4.5% are of other Christian denominations.
  • Traditionally the economy of Seychelles was based on plantations with cinnamon, vanilla, and copra as the chief exports.
  • In 1971 though, with the opening of the international airport, tourism became the dominant industry.
  • The plantation sector of the economy declined in prominence, and tourism and fishing became the primary industries of Seychelles.
  • Seychelles has the highest Human Development Index in Africa, but also the highest income inequality in the world, as measured by the Gini index.
  • The southeast trade winds blow regularly from May to November, and this is the most pleasant time of the year.
  • The hot months are from December to April, with higher humidity (80%). March and April are the hottest months, but the temperature seldom exceeds 31 °C (87.8 °F).
  • Aldabra (group of islands) is the world’s largest raised coral atoll, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Victoria is one of the smallest capitals in the world, which can be easily covered by foot in less than a day.
  • The granitic islands of Seychelles are the oldest oceanic islands on earth.
  • Seychelles is one of the most sought after tourist destinations of the world as it has sunny days throughout the year.

Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar.

Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agaléga and Réunion to the south, and Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest. Seychelles, with an estimated population of 86,525, has the smallest population of any African state. It also has the highest Human Development Index in Africa, but also the highest income inequality in the world, as measured by the Gini index.

Source: Wikipedia

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