map of the Seychelles; source WR SEYCHELLES

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Seychelles
country code ISO: SC //; - FIPS: SE
location: East Africa
time zone: +4 UT
surface (land) area: 455 sq.km = 176 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 3° S / South: 11° S / East: 57° E / West: 46° E
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Indian Ocean
climate: tropical oceanic
Government
independent since: 1976-06-29
type of government: republic
capital: Victoria
administrative division: district (23), island group (6)
Population
population according to the last two censuses: (1987) 68,598; (1996) 75,304
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 79,326 /-; 2001: 79,715
population density: 174 per sq.km = 416 per sq.mi
population growth: 1,5% //; - doubling time: 47 years
birth rate: 18 - 21 per 1000
death rate: 7 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 18 per 1000
life expectancy: 71 years (male: 65; female: 76)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 34% //; - 15-59 years: 55% //; - 60+ years: 11%
urbanisation: 64% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Seychellois Creole (mixture of Asian, African, European) 89%; Indian 5%; Malegasy 3%; Chinese 1%
languages: English, French (both official); Creole
religious affiliation: Roman Catholic 88,6%; other Christian (mostly Anglican) 7,7%; Hindu 0,7%; other 3%
Health
daily food intake: 2462 calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 97%
people per physician: 773
people per hospital bed: 181
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 94%
school enrolment: secondary education: 36%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 3%
adult literacy: 84% (male: 83%; female: 86%)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Seychelles rupee = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: 3%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 6210 per capita
GNI USD 7050 per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: 1%
income: USD 5110 per capita
import: USD 207 per capita //; - export: USD 52 per capita
trade: USD 3157 per capita //; - or 85% of GDP
trade partners: FR KW GB ZA RE YE SG CN NL
human development index: 0,795 //; - position of the country in the world no.: ca 50
female labour force: 43%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,1 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 22% //; - grass land: % //; - wooded area: % //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 10% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 7%
agricultural products: fish (jack, snapper, mackerel, kawakawa), coconuts, bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, tea
livestock (1000s): cattle: 1,4 / goats: 5 / pigs: 18,3 / poultry: 550-1000
fish catch: 37765 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 10% //; - part of industry in GDP: 21%
industrial products: canned fish (tuna), food processing & beverages, cigarettes
mining products: guano, salt, granite, natural gas
CO2 emission per capita: 2,5
services: labour force: 81% //; - part of services in GDP: 72%
energy use (kg per capita): 1691
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 345, or 424 km //; - of which paved: 85% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 59 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 187 - 248 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 560 - 667 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 173 - 184 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 40 per 1000
persons per post office: 15000
personal computers: 136 per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Morne Seychellois 905 m, [nameless] peak on Silhouette I. 716, Montagne Planeau 668
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: none
canals: none
waterfalls: none
caves: longest system: none / deepest:
islands: see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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