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Seychelles Population: 82,247
BackgroundA lengthy struggle between France and Grt Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-yr term.Map data ©2009 Europa Technologies - Terms of Use
Geography41 granitic and about 75 coralline islands.Loion:archipelago in the Indian Ocn, northst of MadagascarGeographic coordinates:4 35 S, 55 40 r:total: 455 sq km
land: 455 sq km
water: 0 sq kmSize comparison: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Land Boundaries:0 kmCoastline:491 kmMaritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental marginClimate:tropical marine; humid; cooler sson during southst monsoon (late May to September); warmer sson during northwest monsoon (March to May)Terrain:Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefsElevation extremes:lowest point: Indian Ocn 0 m
highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 mNatural resources:fish, copra, cinnamon treesLand use:arable land: 2.17%
permanent crops: 13.04%
other: 84.79% (2005)Irrigated land:NANatural hazards:lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possibleCurrent Environment Issues:water supply depends on chments to collect rainwaterInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
PeoplePopulation:82,247 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 24.9% (male 10,337/female 10,108)
15-64 yrs: 69.1% (male 27,752/female 29,048)
65 yrs and over: 6.1% (male 1,575/female 3,427) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 28.7 yrs
male: 27.6 yrs
female: 29.8 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:0.428% (2008 est.)Birth rate:15.6 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:6.21 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:-5.11 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.02 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 0.96 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.46 male(s)/female
total population: 0.93 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 14.36 dths/1,000 live births
male: 18.18 dths/1,000 live births
female: 10.42 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 72.6 yrs
male: 67.27 yrs
female: 78.1 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:1.73 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:NAHIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:NAHIV/AIDS - dths:NANationality:noun: Seychellois (singular and plural)
adjective: SeychelloisEthnic groups:mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and ArabReligions:Roman holic 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)Languages:Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)Literacy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 91.8%
male: 91.4%
female: 92.3% (2002 census)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Republic of Seychelles
conventional short form: Seychelles
local long form: Republic of Seychelles
local short form: SeychellesGovernment type:republicCapital:name: Victoria
geographic coordinates: 4 38 S, 55 27 E
time difference: UTC+4 (9 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:23 administrative districts; Anse aux Pins, Anse Boilu, Anse Etoile, Anse Louis, Anse Royale, Baie Lazare, Baie Sainte Anne, Bu Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Cascade, Glacis, Grand' Anse (on Mahe), Grand' Anse (on Praslin), La Digue, La Riviere Anglaise, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Pointe La Rue, Port Glaud, Saint Louis, TakamakaIndependence:29 June 1976 (from UK)National holiday:Constitution Day (National Day), 18 June (1993)Constitution:18 June 1993Legal system:based on English common law, French civil law, and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:17 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President James Alix MICHEL (since 14 April 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and hd of government
hd of government: President James MICHEL (since 14 April 2004)
cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-yr term (eligible for two more terms); election last held 28-30 July 2006 (next to be held in 2011)
election results: President James MICHEL elected president; percent of vote - James MICHEL 53.73%, Wavel RAMKALAWAN 45.71%, Philippe BOULLE 0.56%; note - this was the first election in which President James MICHEL participated; he was originally sworn in as president after former president France Albert RENE stepped down in April 2004Legislative branch:unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (34 sts; 25 members elected by popular vote, 9 alloed on a proportional basis to parties winning at lst 10% of the vote; to serve five-yr terms)
elections: last held 10-12 May 2007 (next to be held in 2012)
election results: percent of vote by party - SPPF 56.2%, SNP 43.8%; sts by party - SPPF 23, SNP 11Judicial branch:Court of Appl; Supreme Court; judges for both courts are appointed by the presidentPolitical parties and lders:Democratic Party or DP [James MANCHAM, Paul CHOW]; Seychelles National Party or SNP [Wavel RAMKALAWAN] (formerly the United Opposition or UO); Seychelles People's Progressive Front or SPPF [France Albert RENE, James MICHEL] (the governing party)Political pressure groups and lders:Roman holic Church
other: trade unionsInternational organization participation:ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, InOC, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OIF, OPCW, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO (observer)Diplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Jn Ronald JUMU
chancery: 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400C, New York, NY 10017
telephone: [1] (212) 972-1785
FAX: [1] (212) 972-1786Diplomatic representation from the US:the US does not have an embassy in Seychelles; the ambassador to Mauritius is accredited to Seychelles
EconomySince independence in 1976, per capita output in this Indian Ocn archipelago has expanded to roughly seven times the pre-independence, nr-subsistence level, moving the island into the upper-middle income group of countries. Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labor force and provides more than 70% of hard currency rnings, and by tuna fishing. In recent yrs, the government has encouraged foreign investment to upgrade hotels and other services. At the same time, the government has moved to reduce the dependence on tourism by promoting the development of farming, fishing, and small-scale manufacturing. Sharp drops illustrated the vulnerability of the tourist sector in 1991-92 due largely to the Gulf War and once again following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. Economic growth slowed in 1998-2002 and fell in 2003-04, due to sluggish tourist and tuna sectors, but resumed in 2005-07. Rl GDP grew by 5.8% in 2007, driven by tourism and a boom in tourism-related construction. The Seychelles rupee was allowed to depreciate in 2006 after being overvalued for yrs and fell by 10% in the first 9 months of 2007. Despite these actions, the Seychelles economy is struggling to maintain its gains and in 2008 suffered from food and oil price shocks, a foreign exchange shortage, high inflation and large financing gaps. In July 2008 the government defaulted on a Euro amortizing note worth roughly US$80 million, lding to a downgrading of Seychelles credit rating. Seychelles requested an IMF Stand-By Agreement in December 2008.GDP (purchasing power parity):$1.537 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$779 million (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:4.2% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$18,700 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 1.9%
industry: 28.3%
services: 69.9% (2008 est.)Labor force:39,560 (2006)Labor force - by occupation:agriculture: 3%
industry: 23%
services: 74% (2006)Unemployment rate:2% (2006 est.)Population below poverty line:NA%Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%Inflation rate (consumer prices):25.8% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):10.1% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $318.1 million
expenditures: $324.6 million (2008 est.)Public debt:92.6% of GDP (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir (coconut fiber) rope, boat building, printing, furniture; beveragesIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:208 million kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - consumption:193.4 million kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - exports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - imports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Oil - production:0 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:6,560 bbl/day (2006 est.)Oil - exports:0 bbl/day (2006)Oil - imports:5,722 bbl/day (2005)Oil - proved reserves:0 bbl (1 January 2006)Natural gas - production:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:0 cu m (1 January 2006 est.)Current account balance:-$307 million (2008 est.)Exports:$425 million f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:canned tuna, frozen fish, cinnamon bark, copra, petroleum products (reexports)Exports - partners:UK 23.7%, France 19.8%, Mauritius 10%, Japan 8.3%, Italy 5.7%, Spain 5.1% (2007)Imports:$952 million f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicalsImports - partners:Saudi Arabia 17.6%, Germany 10.8%, France 8.1%, Spain 7.6%, South Africa 6.4%, Singapore 5.8% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$59 million (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$1.161 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Market value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():Seychelles rupee (SCR)Exchange rates:Seychelles rupees (SCR) per US dollar - 8 (2008 est.), 6.5 (2007), 5.5 (2006), 5.5 (2005), 5.5 (2004)Fiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:22,700 (2007)Cellular in use:77,300 (2007)Telephone system:eral assessment: effective system
domestic: combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity is nrly 125 tele per 100 persons; radiotelephone communiions between islands in the archipelago
international: country - 248; direct radiotelephone communiions with adjacent island countries and African coastal countries; satellite rth station - 1 sat (Indian Ocn)Radio broadcast stations:AM 1, FM 1, shortwave 2 (2001)Television broadcast stations:2 (plus 9 repters) (1997)Internet country :.scInternet hosts:284 (2008)Internet users:32,000 (2007)
TransportationAirports:15 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 9
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 6
under 914 m: 2 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 6
914 to 1,523 m: 2
under 914 m: 4 (2007)Roadways:total: 458 km
paved: 440 km
unpaved: 18 km (2003)Merchant marine:total: 8
by type: cargo 1, carrier 1, chemical tanker 6
foreign-owned: 3 (Hong Kong 1, Nigeria 1, South Africa 1) (2008)Ports and terminals:Victoria
Military branches:Seychelles Defense Force: Army, Coast Guard (includes Naval Wing, Air Wing), National Guard (2005)Military service age and obligation:18 yrs of age for voluntary military service (younger with parental consent); no conscription (2008)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 23,598
females age 16-49: 24,424 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 17,942
females age 16-49: 20,436 (2008 est.)

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