COUNTRY FACTS

Seychelles

 

seychelles flagQuick Facts

  • Continental region – Eastern Africa
  • Currency symbol of Seychelles –Seychellois rupee, SR
  • Capital City – Victoria
  • Official languages – National languages of Seychelles are Seychellois, English and French
  • Population – 96,762 (2018)
  • Country dialling code  –  (+ 248)
  • Official website Seychelles
  • Top 3 biggest industries  –Tourism, Fishing, Farming and Oil Drilling.
  • Google Maps link – Seychelles
  • Where is it? –Seychelles is located in Indian Ocean in east of Africa.

Seychelles In Pictures

Anse Volbert Seycelles

Anse Volbert Seycelles

Aride Island Nature Reserve Seycelles

Aride Island Nature Reserve Seycelles

Bird Island Seycelles

Bird Island Seycelles

La Digue Island Seycelles

La Digue Island Seycelles

Praslin Island Seycelles

Praslin Island Seycelles

The Praslin Museum Seycelles

The Praslin Museum Seycelles

The Victoria Botanical Gardens Seycelles

The Victoria Botanical Gardens Seycelles

Veuve Reserve Seycelles

Veuve Reserve Seycelles

Victoria Seycelles

Victoria Seycelles


Seychelles History

  • How did the country get its first name? – Seychelles name was given in the honor of Viscount Jean Moreau de Sechelles, Minister of Fiancé during rule of Louis XV. Later on, it became name of entire archipelago.
  • When and by whom the country was first discovered? –The islands were known to Arab traders for many years before the arrival of the Europeans, but there is no indication that they established a settlement. Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover the Seychelles in 1502.
  • Who were the first Inhabitants? – Seychelles was uninhabited until the ship Thélemaque, which arrived on 27 August 1770. Captain Leblanc Lecore landed the first colonists, with multiple white, black and Indian men.
  • When it was first recognized as a country? – Seychelles gained independence 29 June 1976.
  • Who was the first leader of the country? – Sir James Richard Marie Mancham KBE was the first president of Seychelles. 

Five Significant Events 

  1. Official opening of the International Airport 1972: It was new source of revenue and tourism for Seychelles. (http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/8615/+significant+events+that+helped+shape+Seychelles)
  2. Independence of 1976: Seychelles got independence from Britain in 1976. (http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/8615/+significant+events+that+helped+shape+Seychelles)
  3. Educational Reforms of 1981: Educational reform in Seychelles resulted in free and quality education for all. (http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/8615/+significant+events+that+helped+shape+Seychelles)
  1. Economic Reforms of 2008: Seychelles started economic reforms to overcome difficulties of external debt. (http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/8615/+significant+events+that+helped+shape+Seychelles)
  2. National Assembly Elections in 2016: General elections were held first time since introduction of multiparty political system, and opposition won the majority seats. (http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/8615/+significant+events+that+helped+shape+Seychelles)

Five Places to Visit in Seychelles

  1. Mahe Island: The largest island of the archipelago and one of the most popular places to visit in Seychelles. (https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-seychelles/)
  1. Praslin Island: Praslin, or the Isle de Palme, is most popular for the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site and the coco de mer that grows here in abundance. (https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-seychelles/)
  2. La Digue Island: The boutique island is known for the granite boulders that adorn the stunning beaches, such as Anse Source D’Argent. The island offers authentic island-style accommodations and traditional modes of transport, such as ox-carts and bicycles. (https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-seychelles/)
  3. Cousine Island: The island is known to be the nesting ground for several endangered & exotic species of birds & animals.(https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-seychelles/)
  4. Aride Island: The island is among the best places to visit in Seychelles for the nature lovers. The Aride Island Nature ReserveMorne is the home to several endemic flowers and the breeding ground of 18 species of seabirds. (https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-seychelles/)

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