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  General and Old World HistoryAfricaEastern AfricaSeychelles
map of SeychellesRepublic of Seychelles

Origin of Name named by French Captain Corneille Nicholas Morphey after Jean Moreau de Sechelles, the Finance Minister of France in 1756

location of SeychellesLocation an archipelago north of the island of Madagascar
Total Area 176 sq mi (455 sq km)
Highest Point
Morne Seychellois; 2,969 ft (905 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources

Nationality Seychellois
Population (June 2015 est)
Largest Cities Victoria
Ethnic Groups mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, Arab
Roman Catholic, Anglican, other Christian, Hindu, Moslem
Languages Seychellois Creole (official), English (official), French (official)

Capital Victoria
Form of Government presidential republic
Present Constitution Adopted June 18, 1993
Chief of State and Head of Government
President James Alix Michel (since April 14, 2004)
Council of Ministers appointed by the President
eral National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)
Seychelles Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Seychelles, Constitutional Court
Local Administration
25 districts

Currency Rupee (SCR)
Per Capita Income
fishing, tourism,beverages
coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (manioc, tapioca), copra, bananas; tuna
Export Commodities
canned tuna, frozen fish, petroleum products (re-exports)
Import Commodities
machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals, manufactured goods

flag of SeychellesIndependence from the United Kingdom Achieved June 29, 1976
National Holidays Constitution Day, June 18 (1993); Independence Day, June 29
five oblique bands of blue, yellow, red, white, and green radiating from the bottom of the hoist side; the oblique bands are meant to symbolize a dynamic new country moving into the future; blue represents sky and sea, yellow the sun giving light and life, red the peoples' determination to work for the future in unity and love, white social justice and harmony, green the land and natural environment


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