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Seychelles: Fact file

Updated October 2012

Name Republic of the Seychelles
Area 455.3 sq km (Frame 2011, 1069)
Capital Victoria
Boundaries Indian Ocean (archipelago)
Population 0.87 million, 2010 est (UN Statistics Division 2011)
Pop growth -0.89%, 2010 est (IndexMundi)
Urbanisation 55.3%, 2010 est (UN Statistics Division undated)
Life expectancy at birth Female 78.58 yrs, male 69.14 yrs, 2012 (IndexMundi)
Infant mortality 11.35/1000, 2012 (IndexMundi)
HIV/AIDS prevalence no data
Adult literacy rate 92%, 2005-2010 est (UN Statistics Division 2012b)
Military expenditure 1.5% of GDP, 2006 (UN Statistics Division 2012c)
Health expenditure 6.3% of GDP, 2006 (UN Statistics Division 2010)
Legal system French Civil Code, English common law (Bar Association of Seychelles Undated)
Independence 29 June 1976 from UK
GDP US$936.609 billion, 2008 est (UN Statistics Division 2012d)
GDP per capita US$11,451, 2010 est (UN Statistics Division 2012a)
GDP growth rate 6.2%, 2010 est (UN Statistics Division 2012e)
Main exports Sea food, refined petroleum, chemicals (Frame 2011, 1076)
Currency 100 cents = 1 Seychelles rupee (Frame 2011, 1076)
Unemployment 4.13%, Dec 2011 (World Economic Outlook)
Inflation rate -0.8%, 2010 (UN Statistics Division 2012f)
External debt ratio 24.0% of GDP, 2010 (IMF 2011, 92)
Infrastructure Road 508 km; no railway; Airport 1 international (Frame 2011, 1080)
Ethnic groups African, European, Indian and Chinese (Frame 2011, 1069)
Languages Official: English, French, Seselwa (Creole) (Lewis 2009)
Religion Roman Catholic 85%, Anglican 8%, Hinduism, Islam also practiced (Frame 2011, 1078)

References

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FRAME, I 2011 (ed) Africa South of the Sahara 2011, Routledge.

INDEXMUNDI 2012 "Seychelles - population growth", [www] http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/seychelles/population-growth [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

INDEXMUNDI 2012 "Seychelles Infant mortality rate", [www] http://www.indexmundi.com/seychelles/infant_mortality_rate.html [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

INDEXMUNDI 2012 "Seychelles Life expectancy at birth", [www] http://www.indexmundi.com/seychelles/life_expectancy_at_birth.html [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

IMF 2011 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, October, [www] http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/reo/2011/afr/eng/sreo1011.pdf, [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

LEWIS, M P (ed) 2009 "Languages of Seychelles" IN Ethnologue: Languages of the World, sixteenth edition, [www] http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=SC [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

MICHEL, JA 2008 "State of the Nation Speech 2008 by Seychelles President J.A. Michel (12/02/2008)", [www] http://www.polity.org.za/article/state-of-the-nation-speech-2008-by-seychelles-president-ja-michel-12022008-2008-02-12 [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

NATIONAL STATISTICS BUREAU 2008 Seychelles in Figures, [www] http://www.virtualseychelles.sc/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=category&id=3:statistical-information&download=19:seychelles-in-figures-2008-edition&Itemid=90 [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2010 "Total expenditure on health as percentage of gross domestic product" IN UNdata, 19 Nov, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=health+expenditure&d=WHO&f=MEASURE_CODE%3aWHS7_143 [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2011 "Total population, both sexes combined" IN UNdata, 25 Aug, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=Population&d=PopDiv&f=variableID%3a12 [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2012a "Per capita GDP at current prices" IN UNdata, 16 Jan, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=GDP&d=SNAAMA&f=grID%3a101%3bcurrID%3aUSD%3bpcFlag%3a1 [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2012b "Adult literacy rate" IN UNdata, 9 April, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=Adult+literacy&d=SOWC&f=inID%3a74 [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2012c "Military expenditure" IN UNdata, 9 May, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=GDP&d=WDI&f=Indicator_Code%3AMS.MIL.XPND.GD.ZS [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2012d "GDP" IN UNdata, 9 May, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=GDP&d=WDI&f=Indicator_Code%3aNY.GDP.MKTP.CD [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2012e "GDP growth" IN UNdata, 9 May, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=GDP&d=WDI&f=Indicator_Code%3aNY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION 2012f "Inflation, GDP deflator" IN UNdata, 9 May, [www] http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?q=Inflation&d=WDI&f=Indicator_Code%3aNY.GDP.DEFL.KD.ZG [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

UN STATISTICS DIVISION UNDATED "Seychelles", [www] http://data.un.org/CountryProfile.aspx?crName=Seychelles [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK "Seychelles Unemployment rate" IN FindTheData, [www] http://world-economic-outlook.findthedata.org/d/d/Seychelles/Unemployment-rate [opens new window] (accessed 29 Oct 2012).

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