Seychelles Population and Language

Most Seychelles are Creole, that is, a mixture of Africans, Europeans and Asians. About nine out of ten residents live on the main island of Mahé.

Seychelles Population Forecast

Almost all others live on Praslin or La Digue. Alongside the Creole, there are minorities of Europeans, Indians, Chinese, Africans and Arabs. Population growth is relatively low. About a fifth of the population is under the age of 14, a low proportion for a country in Africa.

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More than 90 percent of the residents have the Creole language seselwa (Seychelles) as their mother tongue. Almost everyone speaks French and English as well. The French are close to seselwa and are seen as historically important. English is the most important language in administration and commerce, and it is the language of instruction in schools from grade three.



creoles 1

Number of residents

95 843 (2017)

Number of residents per square kilometer

208 (2017)

Percentage of residents in the cities

56.3 percent (2017)

Nativity / birth

17.4 per 1000 residents (2016)

Mortality / mortality

7.9 per 1000 residents (2016)


1.2 percent (2017)

fertility rate

2.8 number of births per woman (2016)

Percentage of women

50.7 percent (2017)

Life expectancy

74 years (2016)

Life expectancy for women

80 years (2016)

Life expectancy for men

69 years (2016)


seselwa is official language 2

  1. Minorities of Indians, Chinese, British, Africans, Arabs
    2. French and English are spoken by most



Faure takes over as president

October 16

Danny Faure takes over as president.

Requirements for new elections

October 4th

Opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan calls for presidential elections to be announced, and for Michel not only to be able to hand over power to Faure.


The President announces his departure

September 27th

President Michel announces that he will step down in October and be replaced by Vice President Danny Faure. Initially, it is unclear whether elections will be held, but later Michel says that Faure will sit for the term of office.

The opposition wins the parliamentary election

September 8

Ahead of the election, the largest opposition party SNP has formed a four-party election alliance under the name of Seychelles Democratic Alliance (LDS), which wins 19 of the 33 seats, while Party Lepep takes the other 14. Calculated as a percentage, the margin is between the two smaller ones. 48.37 percent of the votes, Parti Lepep wins 48.01 percent. The turnout is just over 87 percent.


Homosexuality is decriminalized

14 members of the National Assembly for votes to decriminalize homosexuality, the others cast their votes. A further four members were absent in the chamber when the vote was taken. In the past, gay acts have been punishable by imprisonment for up to 14 years.


A maximum of two terms of office for the President after constitutional amendment

The National Assembly votes to change the constitution so that the president can sit for a maximum of two terms of office, instead of the previous three. The constitutional change is initiated by President Michel.

Seychelles Population and Language

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