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Seychelles is pronounced say·shelz” and is one of the 6 island nations of Africa. This country is made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles was named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV‘s Minister of Finance, in 1756 when the French set a Stone of Possession on the islands Mahé. This country gained its independence on June 29, 1976 from the British and is known as “the land of perpetual summer.” Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Seychelles.

Illustration of the national flag of Seychelles

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What Does The Seychelles Flag Represent?

  • BLUE: depicts the sky and the sea that surrounds the Seychelles.
  • YELLOW: is for the sun which gives light and life,
  • RED: symbolises the people and their determination to work for the future in unity and love,
  • WHITE: band represents social justice and harmony.
  • GREEN: depicts the land and natural environment.

Where is Seychelles located?

Seychelles is an island located in Eastern Africa in the Arabian/Indian Ocean. Seychelles is surrounded by Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros and Madagascar.

World Data Locator Map, Seychelles

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What Timezone is Seychelles in?

Seychelles is in the Seychelles Time Zone. It is 8 hours ahead of eastern standard time.

Facts

Facts About Seychelles:

  1. Capital: Victoria
  2. Population: 99,258
  3. Nationality: Seychellois
  4. Seychelles is made up of 25 Districts
  5. Political system: multi-party political system with elections held every five years to elect a president
  6. National symbol: a shield supported by two Indo-Pacific sailfish
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Left

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Languages

What Are The Official Languages of Seychelles?

Seychellois Creole, French and English are the official languages spoken in Seychelles.

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Currency

What is the Currency in Seychelles?

Currency: The Seychellois rupee or roupi is the currency used in The Seychelles.

$1 = 12.87 Seychellois Rupees

$20 = 257.39 Seychellois Rupees

$60 = 772.16 Seychellois Rupees

Seychellois rupee in the black wallet

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Entertainment

The most popular music genres in Seychelles is Seggae and Mouggae. Seggae is a combination of Reggae and Sega which is Mauritian folk music. Mouggae is a fusion of Reggae and Moutya which is traditional African dance. Checkout more music from Seychelles in the playlist below.

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Religion

What Are The Religions of Seychelles?

In Seychelles the religions practiced are; Roman Catholicism (82%), Anglican Christian (6.4%), Hinduism (2%) and Islam (1%).

Food

What Are The Traditional Foods of Seychelles?

Some popular dishes of Seychelles is Poison ek Diri, Bringel, Breadfruit chips and Braised and fried bananas (there are 15 types of Bananas in Seychelles).

Holidays

What the Holidays Celebrated in Seychelles?

Independence Day: June 29

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Seychelles:

Outside of each of the 115 islands, here a few other places to visit while in Seychelles;

  • Morne Seychellois National Park

  • Bird Island

  • Ste Anne Marine National Park

Is Seychelles Safe?

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Top 3 Places To Live In Seychelles

  • Beau Vallon

  • Praslin

  • Anse Etoile

I hope this information has given you more insight into Seychelles but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

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