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Country profile: Seychelles

Location: archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar
Climate: tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)
Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs
Size: 455 sq. km total (Land area: 455 sq. km )
Population: 82,247 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)
Government: republic
Capital city: Victoria
Legal system: based on English common law, French civil law, and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)

Country profile

A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004.

Vice President James MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Consumption: 6,453 bbl/day (2006)  
Imports: 6,453 bbl/day (2006)  
Major fields:

Seychelles - recent news

08 Sep 22
Seychelles: Adamantine Energy awarded Beau Vallon and Junon blocks offshore Seychelles
Adamantine Energy, has announced the signing of a Petroleum Agreement to formally acquire a 100 percent operated stake in the 9,700 sq km Beau Vallon and Junon blocks, offshore Seychelles, in water depths of up to 200 meters.

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