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Seychelles at a Glance

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Capital:

Victoria

Land:

455 sq km

Currency (code):

Seychelles rupee (SCR)

Exchange rates:

Seychelles rupees per US dollar - 6.5 (2007), 5.5 (2006), 5.5 (2005), 5.5 (2004), 5.4007 (2003)

Population:

81,895 (July 2007 est.)

Age structure:

  • 0-14 years: 25.4% (male 10,504/female 10,272)
  • 15-64 years: 68.5% (male 27,405/female 28,706)
  • 65 years and over: 6.1% (male 1,590/female 3,418) (2007 est.)

Population growth rate:

0.432% (2007 est.)

Religions:

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)

Climate:

In the country’s equatorial climate, temperatures are warm throughout the year, generally between 75 and 90F (24–32C). December to March is the warm, wet season, with tradewinds from the northwest. June to September is the drier, cooler southeast tradewinds season. January, the wettest month, brings 15 inches (380 millimeters) of precipitation to Mahé, where rainfall is heaviest. Precipitation drops to less than 3 inches (76 millimeters) in August, the driest month.

Language:

Seychelles has three official languages: English, French, and Creole. Creole is the most widely spoken and the common household language

General Attitudes:

Seychellois are proud of their country and its blend of African, European, and Asian influences. They value the uniqueness of Creole culture, manifested in ways such as music, food, and language. Common Creole sayings reflect a relaxed attitude toward time and the accumulation of material goods. These include, for example, “The first to climb into bed is not always the one who falls asleep first” and “Money is good but it is too expensive.” Traditionally, the pace of life is slow and people do not worry much about the future. This attitude is particularly apparent among older generations. Western aspirations are more prevalent among young Seychellois. Economic growth has given them more opportunities than their grandparents had, in education, employment, and the ability to improve one’s place in society. Status is more important than it once was. Having a nice house, owning a car, and being able to travel often overseas are now seen as central to the standing of an individual or family.

Greetings:

In social settings, women are typically greeted by men and other women with kisses to both cheeks and perhaps a slight hug. This is especially the case when the woman is a close relative or friend. Shaking hands is the standard greeting between men and in business settings among both sexes. Common Creole greetings include Bonzour (Good morning), Bonswa (Good day/evening), Koman ou sava? (How are you doing?), Ki dir? (What do you say?), and Manyer ou ete? (“How are you?” or, more literally, “What is your status?”).

Labor force:

39,560 (2006)

Labor force - by occupation:

  • agriculture: 3%
  • industry: 23%
  • services: 74% (2006)

Unemployment rate:

2% (2006 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

2.9% (2007 est.)

Natural resources:

fish, copra, cinnamon trees

Exports:

$434 million f.o.b. (2007 est.)

Exports - commodities:

canned tuna, frozen fish, cinnamon bark, copra, petroleum products (reexports)

Exports - partners:

UK 25.5%, France 17.5%, Italy 11.9%, Mauritius 8.5%, Japan 8.3%, Spain 8.2%, Netherlands 4.3% (2006)

Imports:

$721 million f.o.b. (2007 est.)

Imports – commodities:

machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals

Imports - partners:

Saudi Arabia 17.7%, South Africa 9.7%, Spain 8.1%, France 7.8%, Singapore 7.2%, Italy 4.8%, UK 4% (2006)

 

References:

Seychelles.” CultureGrams World Edition. 2008. ProQuest. <http://online.culturegrams.com>.

Seychelles.” THE WORLD FACTBOOK. 2008. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. <https://www.cia.gov>.

Seychelles.” Factsheet. May, 2007. Economist Intelligence Unit. <http://www.economist.com>

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