The Seychelles are regarded as one the prime destinations for tropical islands but have more to offer than just sun and beaches. The islands offer unspoilt forests and national parks which provide a home for tropical flora, rare bird species, turtles and giant tortoises in addition to spectacular natural scenery. Surrounding the islands are coral reefs and tropical waters containing a huge variety of marine life amking the Seychelles an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling. Explore in depth highlights of Seychelles.
|Time zone:||GMT +4 (Seychelles standard time)||Daylight savings: None|
|Main languages:||Creole||Other languages: English|
Seychelles rupees (SCR)|
€1 = SR15.83, $1 = SR14.19, £1 = SR18.87
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.sc||International Dialling Code: 248|
For help planning your trip to Seychelles including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Seychelles trip planning page.
Further information on Seychelles
Discover more about Seychelles - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.
Geography & Natural Features
Total area: 455 sq km (0 sq km under water)
Coastline: 491 km (Indian Ocean)
Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders
Climate: Tropical marine climate with high humidity. Cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September), warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May).
Highest mountain: Morne Seychellois (905m)
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Seychelles from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Partly Free||-|
|Democracy Index||No Data||-|
|Economic Freedom||Mostly Unfree||114/179|
|Press Freedom||Noticeable problems||94/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||No rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||Low corruption||43/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Republic of Seychelles Status: Independent Country
Population: 91,650 (rank: 184/196) Density: 201.4 people/sq km (rank: 44/196)
Ethnic groups: mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Arab
Religions: Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)
GDP (PPP): $2.4 billion GDP per capita: $25,900 (rank: 41/195)