Seychelles Overview

The Seychelles is located in the western Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, consisting of about 90 islands. The Seychelles Creole is the only Creole with its own written language. The country lives mainly on “luxury tourism”. Seychelles also claims the Chagos Archipelago, which is administered by Britain.

Capital: Victoria
Biggest city: Victoria
State: republic
Language: Creole, French, English
Religion: catholicism
Surface: 455 km²
Population: 90 800 (2013)
Population density: 192 residents per km²
Life expectancy: 73 years
Illiteracy: 8%
Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
1 rupee = 0.62 kr
GDP per capita: $ 21,300 (2010)
Time difference: +3 hours
Electricity: 220 V AC, 50Hz
National Day: June 18
Country area code: 248
2-Letter country abbreviation: SC (See more abbreviations on Abbreviationfinder)
Business: service sector 80%, agriculture 10%, industry 10%
Climate: tropical, with rainy season from December to May

Seychelles flag

France and Britain fought for a long time for power over the Seychelles, but in 1814 the islands became a British colony. Following independence from Britain in 1976, a communist coup was carried out in 1977, and Albert René, leader of the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (SPPF), took power. A one-party dictatorship was introduced, but the country did not join the Soviet Union.

In 1993, democracy was reintroduced, but René managed to stay in power. He was last re-elected in 2001. Three years later, René resigned and was succeeded by Vice President James Michel. Michel was re-elected in 2006.

Since independence, GDP per capita has multiplied. The most important reason is tourism, which employs about 30 percent of the workforce and accounts for at least 70 percent of the inflow of foreign currency. Another important industry is tuna fishing. The government wants the country to become less dependent on tourism, as it proved vulnerable partly after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, and partly after the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001.


The following objects in the Seychelles are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The year in which the item was added to the list is indicated in parentheses.

  • Aldabraöarna (1982)
  • Vallée de Mai nature reserve (1983)


Electricity and electrical outlets in the Seychelles

Voltage: 240 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Type of plug: G

Need an adapter: Yes, Swedes need an adapter.


Weather in Victoria

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature °C 28 29 29 30 29 27 26 26 27 28 28 28
Day °C 30 30 31 31 30 29 28 28 29 30 30 30
Night °C 24 25 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24
Rain (mm) 379 262 167 177 124 63 80 97 121 206 215 281
Soltim / day 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 8

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According to Countryaah, Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles, and has 24,970 residents (2002). The city is located on the northeast coast of the island of Mahe. Victoria is the country’s economic and cultural center with an international airport. About a third of the country’s population lives in the capital.

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