General Information


SEYCHELLES has a developing economy that depends heavily on the service sector in general and the tourism industry in particular. It is a multiparty republic with one legislative house; its head of state and government is the president. President is popularly elected for a five-year term and is eligible for two more terms. The unicameral legislature consists of the 34-seat National Assembly. Twenty-five members are elected by popular vote, and nine are chosen proportionally by the winning parties at least 10% of the vote. All serve five-year terms. Administratively, the country is divided into 23 districts.
Transportation in Seychelles is efficient from of air, sea and land transports. Government offices are open from 08.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday; except the post office are also open from 08.00 to 12.00 on Saturday.

Direct dialing is possible to most countries. GSM mobile services and internet are also available. Private doctors are available on call. Victoria has a large and efficient hospital and most of the islands have health clinics. The electric current is 240 volts.

A range of cuisine is also available from traditional Creole and French cuisine to Chinese. Most hotels offer evening entertainment. The Creole cuisine featured the nuances of French cooking, exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant oriental flavours. Sea food is the predominant local dish alongside with rice.

Seychelles is year round destinations for holidays. Being in the tropics and surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean, Seychelles climate is pleasantly warm and humid all year round. Sunshine and rainfall are high especially in the main granite based islands.

Seychelles architecture has its own distinctive style. It clearly illustrates the influence of the past with practical considerations such as steep roofs to rapidly evacuate the rain, wide verandas encourages outdoor living to benefit from the climate and indulgence of the island breeze.

Although being a small country Seychelles has vibrant art scene from painters, sculptors, writers and poets, musicians and dancers. Painters have traditionally been inspired from the richness of Seychelles' natural beauty that evoke the passion of the island living.
LOCATED east of northeastern Tanzania covers an area of 452 sq km. The population of Seychelles by 2009 is: 87,800; Its capital: Victoria. The population are mixed of French, African, and Asian ancestry. Languages: Creole, English, French. Religion: Christianity (predominantly Roman Catholic; also Anglican) and small populations of Hindus and Muslims. Currency: Seychelles Rupee. The first recorded landing in the uninhabited Seychelles in 1609 was by the expedition of British East India Company. The archipelago was claimed by the French in 1756 and surrendered to the British in 1810. It became a British Crown colony in 1903 and a republic within the Commonwealth in 1976. A one-party socialist state since 1979, holding its multiparty elections in 1992 and adopted a new constitution in 1993.