Seychelles

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Seychelles Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs;

Natural Resources: fish, copra, cinnamon trees;

Natural Hazards: lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; occasional short droughts;

Population: 90,846 (July 2013 est.)

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Quick Facts About Seychelles

Population: 88,340 (July 2010 est.)

Age Structure
0-14 years: 22.3% (male 10,094/female 9,614)
15-64 years: 70.6% (male 32,466/female 29,865)
65 years and over: 7.1% (male 2,355/female 3,946) (2010 est.)

Religions: Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)
Languages: Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)
Internet Users: 32,000 (2008)

Country Name
conventional long form: Republic of Seychelles
conventional short form: Seychelles
local long form: Republic of Seychelles
local short form: Seychelles

Government Type: republic
Capital name: Victoria
geographic coordinates: 4 38 S, 55 27 E
time difference: UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Military Branches
Seychelles Defense Force: Army, Coast Guard (includes Naval Wing, Air Wing), National Guard (2005)

Dependency Status: *

Background
A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term.

Area – Comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Area total: 455 sq km
land: 455 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs
Climate: tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)
Natural Hazards: lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible