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    The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful and harmonious blend of different races, which stem from African, European and Asian roots all of whom have brought something of their own customs and way of life to the islands. The result is a charming Creole culture enriched from the melting pot of many continents.

    There are three official languages – English, French and Creole. Creole is spoken by everyone and is an adaptation of 17th Century French with additional words and expressions coming from African languages and from Madagascar. It has been elevated to national language status, earning the same respect as English and French. Today Creole is a written as well as a spoken language, which has resulted in an outburst of creativity in plays, poetry and prose.

    The population of Seychelles stands at 87,000 of which 78,000 live on Mahe, in particular around the capital Victoria, some 7,000 on Praslin and the remainder on La Digue and scattered among the rest of the islands.
    Roman Catholiscism is the dominant religion, but there are also Anglican and Protestant churches together with smaller Muslim, Hindu and Baha’i communities based on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. 

    Country Profile



    Head of State

    H.E. James Alix Michel

    Head of Government ( if applicable)


    Capital City


    Independence Day

    29 June 1976

    Official Languages

    French, English,Seychellois Creole (Kreol)


    Seychellois Rupee (SCR) ( 1 Rs = 100 cents)

    Area/Size of country (km²)


    Natural resources

    fish (mostly tuna), cinnamon, copra

    Government website link


    Statistical indicators

    Please refer to the latest SADC Statistics Yearbook

    Seychelles SADC National Focal Point

    Mr Maurice Loustau-Lalanne
    SADC National Contact Point
    Divsion of Development and Regional Integration
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Mont Fleuri
    Maision de Quinssy
    Tel : (+248) 428 3500
    Fax: (+248) 422 4845

    CC :Mr Claude MOREL 
    High Commissioner
    Seychelles High Commission
    The Village Unit D2/1
    Cnr Glenwood & Oberon Avenue
    Fraerie Glen
    0043 Pretoria
    Republic of South Africa
    Tel:(+27) 12 3480270/720
    Fax:(+27) 12 3480069
    Email: [email protected]