Country Description

General information

Official name: Republic of Seychelles

Government: Republic

Area: 455 sq. km

Capital: Victoria

Official languages: Seychellois Creole, English

Other languages: French

Population: 90, 846 (July 2013 est.)

Religions: Catholics (90%), Anglican (8%)

Political Data

Independence day: 29 June from the United Kingdom

Structure of Government:

Executive: The President of the Republic is both the Chief of State and the Head of Government. The President of the Republic is directly elected by simple majority popular vote for a 5-year term (eligible for 2 more terms). The Prime Minister and members of the Government are appointed by the President.  

Legislative: Unicameral National Assembly. Members are elected for a 5-year term.

Judicial: The Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court are the highest courts.

Foreign policy: Seychelles is a member of UN, AU, FAO, WHO, IMF, ILO, WTO ( observer country), WIPO, UNHCR, WHO, UNESCO, IOM, UNIDO

Economic Data

GDP: 1,2 billion USD (IMF est. 2012)

Main economic resources: Tourism, coffee, cocoa, cotton, petroleum production and refining, aluminium production, etc

Major Trading Partners: France, United Kingdom, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Singapore, etc.

Legal System

Mixed legal system of English common law, French civil law , and customary law.

Useful Links

National: Constitution and Government of Seychelles portal.

Regional: African Union, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Southern African Development Community, etc

International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection

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