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Seychelles

 

After Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles is the smallest African state measuring 456 square kilometres or two and a half times of Washington D.C. However, unlike Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles consists of 115 small islands the largest of which is Mahe. Seychelles capital is Victoria and the population is about 81,000.

Seychelles: Climate and Landscape

The terrain of the main island consists of granite hills inland and narrow coastal strip. Many of the other islands are made of coral and are flat with elevated reefs. The climate is marine tropical and many times, it is humid. The islands have a cool season that runs from late May to September and warm season from March to May.

Places to Visit in Seychelles

Like any island, Seychelles has a lot of marine activity and beaches for its visitors. Apart from some of the best beaches in the world, visitors can enjoy golf, horse riding, diving, swimming or relaxation. Among the main attractions is the Carnaval de Victoria and many interesting marine reserves.

Seychelles: People and Language

The official language of Seychelles is English though Creole is far more widely spoken. There are a few other indigenous languages spoken by only about 3% of the population. The population consists of French, African, Indians, Arabs and Chinese.

Other Facts from Seychelles

Seychelles has a very high literacy rate reported to be 91%. Seychelles has experienced very steady economic growth since independence in 1976 almost seven fold. Growth has been driven by expansion in tourism that employs almost 30% of the labour and generates almost 70% of revenue. In a move to reduce dependency on tourism the government has increased support for small-scale manufacture, fishing and farming.

 

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