Official nameRepublic of Seychelles
Name in local languageRepiblik Sesel (crs) ; République des Seychelles (fr)
SubcontinentEast Africa
Population (ranking: 212e)97,023 inhabitants (2018)
Population growth1.23 % / year
Area459 km²
Density211.38 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 206e)1.590 billions $USD (2018)
GDP/capita (ranking)16,434 $USD (2018)
GDP growth3.60 % / year (2018)
Life expectancy (ranking)73.30 years (2018)
Birth rate17.40 ‰ (2016)
Fertility rate2.40 children / woman (2015)
Death rate (ranking)7.90 ‰ (2016)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)13.40 ‰ (2016)
Literacy rate99.05 % (2015)
Official languagesEnglish, French, Seychellois Creole
CurrencySeychellois rupee (SCR)
HDI (ranking: 89e)0.801 / 1 (2018)
EPI (ranking)66.02 (2018)
GovernmentUnitary presidential republic
Head of StatePresident Danny Faure
National Day18 June
DemonymSeychelloise, Seychellois
Tourists (ranking)349,861 people (2017)
Seychelles – petite
A terrestrial paradise threatened

Seychelles is an archipelago of 116 islands (several artificial), located in the Indian Ocean and attached to the African continent. All these islands are grouped into a state whose main island is Mahe. It shares its maritime borders with France (Réunion and TAAF), Madagascar, Mauritius and Comoros. It lies about 1300 km off Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.

Aldabra giant tortoises. Source: Wildlife Archives

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Urban areas (2016)
Urban areasPopulation
Victoria84,636 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
Autres îles (intérieures et extérieures)1,085 inhabitants254 km²
La Digue2,874 inhabitants10 km²
Mahé84,636 inhabitants157 km²
Praslin8,956 inhabitants38 km²
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See also