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Encyclopedia > Seychelles
Repiblik Sesel
République des Seychelles
Republic of Seychelles
Flag of Seychelles
Flag Coat of arms
Motto"Finis Coronat Opus"  (Latin)
"The End Crowns the Work"
AnthemKoste Seselwa
Capital
(and largest city)
Victoria
4°37′S, 55°27′E
Official languages English, French, Seychellois Creole
Demonym Seychellois
Government Republic
 -  President James Michel
Independence from the United Kingdom 
 -  Date 29 June 1976 
Area
 -  Total 451 km² (197th)
176 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) negligible
Population
 -  2005 estimate 80,699 (205th)
 -  Density 178/km² (60th)
458/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2006 estimate
 -  Total $1404 million (165th)
 -  Per capita $17829 (IMF) (39th)
HDI (2007) 0.843 (high) (50th)
Currency Seychellois rupee (SCR)
Time zone SCT (UTC+4)
 -  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+4)
Internet TLD .sc
Calling code +248

Seychelles (pronounced /seɪˈʃɛl/ or /seɪˈʃɛlz/ ["say shells"] in English and IPA[seʃɛl] in French), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago nation of 155 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest, and the Suvadives of the Maldives to the northeast. Seychelles has the smallest population of any sovereign state of Africa. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Seychelles. ... Transparent version of 125px width This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag of the Seychelles was adopted on June 18, 1996. ... The coat of arms of the Republic of Seychelles shows a shield, in which a turtle is located on green grounds. ... 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History

Colonial Governor of the Seychelles inspecting police guard of honour in 1972
Colonial Governor of the Seychelles inspecting police guard of honour in 1972
Main article: History of Seychelles

While Austronesian seafarers or Arab traders may have been the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles, the first recorded sighting of them took place in 1502, by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The first recorded landing and first written account was by the crew of the English East Indiaman Ascension in 1609. As a transit point for trading between Africa and Asia, they were occasionally used by pirates until the French began to take control of the islands starting in 1756 when a Stone of Possession was laid by Captain Nicholas Morphey. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV’s Minister of Finance. [1] The Seychelles islands remained uninhabited for more than 150 years after they became known to Western explorers. ... The Austronesian people are a population group in Oceania and Southeast Asia who speak or had ancestors who spoke one of the Austronesian languages. ... For other uses, see Arab (disambiguation). ... 1502 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Vasco da Gama (disambiguation). ... The Amirante Islands (Les Amirantes), a group of coral islands and atolls, belong to the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Look up pirate and piracy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1756 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Jean Moreau de Séchelles (May 10, 1690 - December 31, 1761) was a French official and politician. ...


The British contested control over the islands with the French between 1794 and 1812. Jean Baptiste Quéau de Quincy, French administrator of Seychelles during the years of war with the United Kingdom, declined to resist when armed enemy warships arrived. Instead, he successfully negotiated the status of capitulation to Britain, which gave the settlers a privileged position of neutrality. 1794 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... For the overture by Tchaikovsky, see 1812 Overture; For the wars, see War of 1812 (USA - United Kingdom) or Patriotic War of 1812 (France - Russia) For the Siberia Airlines plane crashed over the Black Sea on October 4, 2001, see Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 1812 was a leap year starting...


Britain eventually assumed full control upon the surrender of Mauritius in 1812 and this was formalised in 1814 at the Treaty of Paris. The Seychelles became a crown colony separate from Mauritius in 1903 and independence was granted in 1976, as a republic within the Commonwealth. In 1977, a coup d'état ousted the first president of the republic, James Mancham, replacing him with France Albert René. The 1979 constitution declared a socialist one-party state, which lasted until 1991. The first draft of a new constitution failed to receive the requisite 60 percent of voters in 1992, but in 1993 an amended version was approved. For the overture by Tchaikovsky, see 1812 Overture; For the wars, see War of 1812 (USA - United Kingdom) or Patriotic War of 1812 (France - Russia) For the Siberia Airlines plane crashed over the Black Sea on October 4, 2001, see Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 1812 was a leap year starting... Year 1814 (MDCCCXIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Treaty of Paris was signed on May 30, 1814 and ended the war between France and the Sixth Coalition of the United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Portugal and Prussia. ... A United Kingdom overseas territory (formerly known as a dependent territory or earlier as a crown colony) is a territory that is under the sovereignty and formal control of the United Kingdom but is not part of the United Kingdom proper (Great Britain and Northern Ireland). ... Year 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up republic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2008. ... Sir James Richard Marie Mancham (born 1939) was the first President of Seychelles from 1976 to 1977. ... France-Albert René (often abbreviated to simply Albert René or F. A. René; born November 16, 1935) was the long-time leftist President of Seychelles from 1977 to 2004. ... Socialism refers to the goal of a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Politics

State House, Victoria - the seat of the President
State House, Victoria - the seat of the President

The Seychelles president, who is both head of state and head of government, is elected by popular vote for a five-year term of office. The previous president, France Albert René, first came to power in a coup d'état in 1977, one year after independence. He was democratically elected after the constitutional reforms of 1992. He stood down in 2004 in favour of his vice-president, James Michel, who was re-elected in 2006. The cabinet is presided over and appointed by the president, subject to the approval of a majority of the legislature. For other uses, see Victoria. ... By 1963, political parties had developed in the Seychelles colony. ... For other uses, see President (disambiguation). ... For the comedy film of the same name, see Head of State (film). ... The head of government is the chief officer of the executive branch of a government, often presiding over a cabinet. ... France-Albert René (often abbreviated to simply Albert René or F. A. René; born November 16, 1935) was the long-time leftist President of Seychelles from 1977 to 2004. ... Coup redirects here. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... President James Alex Michel James Alex Michel (born August 18, 1944) has been the president of the Seychelles since April 14, 2004. ... This article is about the governmental body. ...


The unicameral Seychellois parliament, the National Assembly or Assemblée Nationale, consists of 34 members, of whom 25 are elected directly by popular vote, while the remaining 9 seats are appointed proportionally according to the percentage of votes received by each party. All members serve five-year terms. Unicameralism is the practice of having only one legislative or parliamentary chamber. ... The House of Representatives Chamber of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra. ... The unicameral National Assembly of Seychelles is the countrys legislative body. ...


Politics is a topic of hot debate in the country - The main rival parties are the Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF) and the Seychelles National Party (SNP). Since the inception of politics in the early sixties, politics has been integral part of the seychellois lives. The range of opinion spans socialist and liberal democrat ideology.


The Seychelles are part of the Indian Ocean Commission(IOC), SADEC and Commonwealth organisation. The Indian Ocean Commission (COI), known as the Commission de lOcéan Indien in French, is an intergovernmental organization that joins Reunion Island, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Mayotte together to encourage cooperation. ...


Administrative divisions

The famous clock tower in the centre of Victoria, capital of Seychelles.
The famous clock tower in the centre of Victoria, capital of Seychelles.

Seychelles is divided into twenty-five administrative regions, called districts: Seychelles is divided into 25 districts: Anse aux Pins Anse Boileau Anse Etoile Anse Louis Anse Royale Baie Lazare Baie Sainte Anne Beau Vallon Bel Air Bel Ombre Cascade Glacis Grand Anse (Mahe) Grand Anse (Praslin) La Digue La Riviere Anglaise (English River) Les Mamelles Mont Buxton Mont Fleuri Plaisance...

Location of Anse aux Pins District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Anse aux Pins is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Anse Boileau is a quiet district on the south of the island of Mahe, in the Seychelles. ... Location of Anse Etoile District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Anse Etoile is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Anse Royale District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Anse Royale is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Baie Lazare District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Baie Lazare is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Baie Sainte Anne District on Praslin Island, Seychelles Baie Sainte Anne is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Praslin. ... Location of Beau Vallon District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Beau Vallon is a beach resort on the north western coast of Mahé in the Seychelles. ... Location of Bel Air District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Bel Air is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Bel Ombre District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Bel Ombre (or Belombre) is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Cascade District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Cascade is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Glacis District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Glacis is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Yeah so mahe is the biggest of them all and maybe the best and it has all these really nice - what? Really? Im supposed to know something about this. ... Location of Grand Anse Praslin District on Praslin Island, Seychelles Grand Anse Praslin is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Praslin. ... La Digue is the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles, lying east of Praslin. ... There are several English Rivers in the United States and Canada. ... Location of Les Mamelles District Les Mamelles is an administrative district of Seychelles. ... Location of Mont Buxton District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Mont Buxton is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Mont Fleuri District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Mont Fleuri is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Plaisance District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Plaisance (Seychelles) is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | | ... Location of Pointe La Rue District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Pointe La Rue is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Port Glaud District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Port Glaud is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Roche Caiman District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Roche Caiman is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Saint Louis District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Saint Louis is an administrative district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahé. Categories: | ... Location of Takamaka District on Mahé Island, Seychelles Takamaka is one of the 22 administrative regions of Mahé, Republic of Seychelles. ...

Geography

Beau Vallon Beach
Beau Vallon Beach

An island nation, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) east of Kenya. The number of islands in the archipelago is often given as 115 but the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155. The islands as per the Constitution are divided into various groups as follows. Map of Seychelles Map of Africa showing the location of Seychelles The Seychelles is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) east of Kenya. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 971 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 971 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... An island nation is a country that is wholly confined to an island or islands. ... “Miles” redirects here. ...


There are 42 granitic islands, in descending order of size: Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue, Curieuse, Félicité, Frégate, St. Anne, North, Cerf, Marianne, Grand Sœur,Thérèse, Aride, Conception,Petite Sœur, Cousin, Cousine, Long, Récif, Round (Praslin), Anonyme, Mamelles, Moyenne, Ile aux Vaches Marines, L'Islette, Beacon (Ile Sèche), Cachée, Cocos, Round (Mahé), L'Ilot Frégate, Booby, Chauve Souris (Mahé),Chauve Souris (Praslin), Ile La Fouche, Hodoul, L'Ilot, Rat, Souris, St. Pierre (Praslin),Zavé, Harrison Rocks (Grand Rocher). The Granitic Seychelles, also known as the Inner Islands, are the islands in the Seychelles which lie on the Seychelles Bank and are composed of granite rock. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles, lying north east of Mahé. It is named for the French Duc de Praslin and has a population of around 5,000 people. ...


There are two coral sand cays north of the granitics: Denis, Bird.


There are two coral islands south of the granitics: Coëtivy, Platte.


There are 29 coral islands in the Amirantes group, west of the granitics: Desroches, Poivre Atoll (comprising 3 islands : Poivre, Florentin and South Island), Alphonse, D'Arros, St. Joseph Atoll (comprising 14 islands: St. Joseph Ile aux Fouquets, Ressource, Petit Carcassaye, Grand Carcassaye, Benjamin, Bancs Ferrari, Chiens, Pélicans, Vars, Ile Paul, Banc de Sable, Banc aux Cocos and Ile aux Poules), Marie Louise, Desnoeufs, African Banks (comprising 2 islands: African Banks and South Island), Rémire, St. François, Boudeuse, Etoile, Bijoutier.


There are 13 coral islands in the Farquhar Group, south-south west of the Amirantes: Farquhar Atoll (comprising 10 islands: Bancs de Sable Déposés Ile aux Goëlettes Lapins Ile du Milieu North Manaha South Manaha Middle Manaha North Island and South Island), Providence Atoll (comprising two islands: Providence and Bancs Providence) and St Pierre.

Berjaja Mahé Beach
Berjaja Mahé Beach

There are 67 raised coral islands in the Aldabra Group, west of the Farquhar Group: Aldabra Atoll (comprising 46 islands: Grande Terre, Picard, Polymnie, Malabar, Ile Michel, Ile Esprit, Ile aux Moustiques, Ilot Parc, Ilot Emile, Ilot Yangue, Ilot Magnan, Ile Lanier, Champignon des Os, Euphrate, Grand Mentor, Grand Ilot, Gros Ilot Gionnet, Gros Ilot Sésame, Heron Rock, Hide Island, Ile aux Aigrettes, Ile aux Cèdres, Iles Chalands, Ile Fangame, Ile Héron, Ile Michel, Ile Squacco, Ile Sylvestre, Ile Verte, Ilot Déder, Ilot du Sud, Ilot du Milieu, Ilot du Nord, Ilot Dubois, Ilot Macoa, Ilot Marquoix, Ilots Niçois, Ilot Salade, Middle Row Island, Noddy Rock, North Row Island, Petit Mentor, Petit Mentor Endans, Petits Ilots, Pink Rock and Table Ronde), Assumption, Astove and Cosmoledo Atoll (comprising 19 islands: Menai, Ile du Nord (West North), Ile Nord-Est (East North), Ile du Trou, Goëlettes, Grand Polyte, Petit Polyte, Grand Ile (Wizard), Pagode, Ile du Sud-Ouest (South), Ile aux Moustiques, Ile Baleine, Ile aux Chauve-Souris, Ile aux Macaques, Ile aux Rats, Ile du Nord-Ouest, Ile Observation, Ile Sud-Est and Ilot la Croix). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 67 pixelsFull resolution (12257 × 1025 pixel, file size: 4. ...


Economy

Main article: Economy of Seychelles

Since independence in 1976, per capita output has expanded to roughly seven times the old near-subsistence level. Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labour force and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings, and by tuna fishing. In recent years the government has encouraged foreign investment in order to upgrade hotels and other services. These incentives have given rise to an enormous amount of investment in real estate projects and new (mostly 5 star) resort properties. Hilton, Four Seasons and Banyan Tree are all new entrants to Seychelles. Development projects projected in the hundreds of millions of dollars each are in the beginning stages for Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Raffles, Shangri-La, etc. Other private developments such as Ile Aurore, Per Aquam and Eden Island are projected at over $2 billion. Economy - overview: Since Seychelles independence in 1976, per capita output in this Indian Ocean archipelago has expanded to roughly seven times the old near-subsistence level. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tourist redirects here. ... For other uses, see Tuna (disambiguation). ...


At the same time, the government has moved to reduce the dependence on tourism by promoting the development of farming, fishing, small-scale manufacturing and most recently the offshore sector. The vulnerability of the tourist sector was illustrated by the sharp drop in 1991-1992 due largely to the country's significantly overvalued exchange rate, the Gulf War and once again following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Other issues facing the government are the curbing of the budget deficit, including the containment of social welfare costs, and further privatisation of public enterprises. The government has a pervasive presence in economic activity, with public enterprises active in petroleum product distribution, insurance (has now been privatized), banking (is being privatized very soon), imports of basic products (now being privatized), telecommunications (4 private ISP/telecom companies), and a wide range of other businesses. Beginning at the turn of the millennium the Seychelles Petroleum Company (SEPEC) started to develop the first fleet of modern Petroleum double-hull tankers (five vessels), which was completed by late 2007/early 2008 with the possibility to build more in the near future. The Seychelles President claims that this has opened the door to a new industry for his country and encourage economic growth by further removing over-reliance on traditional trades like fisheries and tourism which is now falling rapidly as the country's main income but nevertheless, has experienced significant growth in recent years. Farming, ploughing rice paddy, in Indonesia Agriculture is the process of producing food, feed, fiber and other desired products by cultivation of certain plants and the raising of domesticated animals (livestock). ... For the computer security term, see Phishing. ... Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... A budget deficit occurs when an entity (often a government) spends more money than it takes in. ... ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or — especially in India — disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership. ...


Growth slowed in 19982001, due to sluggish tourist and tuna sectors. Also, tight controls on exchange rates and the scarcity of foreign exchange have impaired short-term economic prospects. The black market value of the Seychellois rupee is anywhere from two thirds to one half the official exchange rate. The next few years were also a bit slow due to the worldwide economic downturn and the fear of flying brought on by September 11, 2001. More recently though, tourism has roared back at a record pace setting successive records in 2006 and again in 2007 for number of visitors. The increased availability of flights to and from the archipelego due in part to new entrants Emirates and Qatar airlines is also beginning to show. New 5 star properties and the devaluation of the currency by nearly 33% by the Seychelles Government is having a positive influence on the tourism sector as well. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into underground economy. ... ISO 4217 Code SCR User(s) Seychelles Inflation 4. ...


Both at official exchange rates and at purchasing power parity (PPP), Seychelles remains the second-richest territory in Africa in terms of GDP per capita (US$8,551 at real exchange rates and US$13,887 at PPP as of 2005),[2] behind Réunion (US$19,233 at real exchange rates).[3]. Although, in real terms it can be considered the most richest independent African/Indian Ocean country as Reunion is a French dependent territory which is part of the EU and uses the Euro currency. Because of economic contraction (the economy declined by about 2% in 2004 and 2005 and lost another 1.4% in 2006 according to the IMF) the country was moving downwards in terms of per capita income; however, the economy came roaring back in 2007 growing by 5.3% due in part to the record tourism numbers, but also the booming building and offshore industries which also continue to set records. PPP of GDP for the countries of the world (2003). ... Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a calculation method in national accounting (see Measures of national income and output) is defined as the total value of final goods and services produced within a countrys borders in a year, regardless of ownership. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It is important to note that Seychelles is, per capita, the most highly indebted country in the world according to the World Bank, with total public debt around 122.8% of GDP. Approximately two thirds of this debt is owed domestically, with the balance due to multi laterals, bi laterals, and commercial banks. Current external debt is estimated at 35.5% according to the IMF (2007). The country is in arrears to most of its international creditors and has had to resort to pledged commercial debt to continue to be able to borrow. This high debt burden is a direct consequence of the overvalued exchange rate — in essence, the country is living beyond its means, and financing its lifestyle by borrowing domestically and internationally. The World Bank logo The World Bank (the Bank) is a part of the World Bank Group (WBG), is a bank that makes loans to developing countries for development programs with the stated goal of reducing poverty. ... A commercial bank is a type of financial intermediary and a type of bank. ...


New detailed studies and exploration shows that the Seychelles potentially have large off-shore petroleum reservoirs which is yet to be discovered. Drills have proven the presence of:


1. Oil-prone Source Rocks containing Type II kerogen in coaly deltaic shales of the Middle Jurassic and in marine shales of the Upper Jurassic;


2. Mixed source rocks bearing Type II/III kerogen in deltaic marine shales of the Lower Cretaceous that are II correlative of oil-generating shales in Somalia;


3. Gas-prone sources containing Type I kerogen in Upper Triassic fluvial shales and Paleocene marine shales, the latter being correlative of oil and gas generating source rocks of the Deep Continental Shelf trend of the Bombay High Oil Province offshore west India;


4. Evidence of hydrocarbon generation and migration with well shows, such as 0.7 ml benzene in DST-1 of Reith Bank-1, 10,010 ppm of 99.8% n-C4 headspace gas coincident with as small fault in the same well and 20% petrol vapours at an immature level of volcanics in Owen Bank A-1;


5. Clastic reservoirs with measured porosities up to 22% in the Early-Middle Jurassic; and


6. Sealing lithologies both locally in syn-rift, and regionally in post-rift sequences. An extensive seismic dataset, plus a variety of remote sensing data have been collected which bolster the well data by confirming the presence of:


7. A variety of trapping styles, dominated by tilted fault blocks, stratigraphic pinchouts and reefs;


8. Multiple heating events, with the principal event post-dating trap formation; and


9. Hydrocarbon generation and migration with the presence of: a) numerous DHIs on seismic, including gas chimneys, flat spots, bright spots, phase changes and chemosynthetic reefs; b) gas sniffer anomalies, involving ethane/iso-butane in the southeast and propane/normal butane/total hydrocarbon in the north and northeast; c) UV fluorescence anomalies, especially over the wells and in the southeast; and d) 4 types of beach-stranded tar that correlate to the local source rock stratigraphy.


However, to date all exploratory and stratigraphic test wells (a total of 9 since the 1970s) in the Seychelles have failed to find commercial hydrocarbons. The most recent wildcat by Enterprise Oil in 1995 detected gas but failed to find hydrocarbons


In addition to the now booming tourism and building/real estate markets, Seychelles has renewed its commitment to developing its financial services sector. Government officials and industry participants believe this could overtake the tourism industry as the chief pillar of the economy by 2017. Indeed, the popularity of Seychelles in the offshore world is growing immensely with the sector setting records each of the last 4 years in a row. The recent passage of a revised Mutual Fund Act 2007, Securities Act 2007 and Insurance Act 2007 are meant to be the catalysts to move Seychelles from just another offshore jurisdiction to a full fledged Offshore Financial Center (OFC).


The Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA) is charged with overseeing the quickly growing offshore industry. Seychelles is home to a number of offshore incorporation specialists including firms like Sterling Offshore Ltd., a Seychelles based firm of legal and business consultants specialising in offshore company formation, mutual funds, hedge funds and captive insurance.


Seychelles is the smallest nation in the world issuing its own currency (i.e., not pegged to a foreign currency and not shared with any other country). A fixed exchange rate, sometimes (less commonly) called a pegged exchange rate, is a type of exchange rate regime wherein a currencys value is matched to the value of another single currency or to a basket of other currencies, or to another measure of value, such as gold. ...


Demographics

See also: Indo-Seychellois, Sino-Seychellois, Seychellois Creole People, Seychellois Creole, and Franco-Seychellois
Victoria, Seychelles.
Victoria, Seychelles.

As the islands of the Seychelles had no indigenous population, the current Seychellois are composed of people who have immigrated to the island. The largest ethnic groups are those of French, African, Indian, and Chinese descent. French and English are official languages along with Seychellois Creole, which is primarily based upon French. Most Seychellois are Christians; the Roman Catholic Church is the main denomination. About 90% of the Seychellois people live on the island of Mahé. Most of the rest live on Praslin and La Digue, with the remaining smaller islands either sparsely populated or uninhabited. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sino-Seychellois are Overseas Chinese who reside in the Seychelles. ... Seychellois Creole are the vast majority of people living in the Seychelles. ... Seychellois Creole, also known as Kreol, is the creole language of the Seychelles. ... Franco-Seychellois are people of French origin living in the Seychelles. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Victoria_(Seychelles). ... ImageMetadata File history File links Victoria_(Seychelles). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Seychellois Creole, also known as Kreol, is the creole language of the Seychelles. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ...


Culture

See also: Religion in Seychelles, Women in Seychelles, and Music of Seychelles

Seychellois society is essentially matriarchal.[4][5] Mothers tend to be dominant in the household, controlling most current expenditures and looking after the interests of the children.[4] Unwed mothers are the societal norm, and the law requires fathers to support their children.[5] Men are important for their earning ability, but their domestic role is relatively peripheral.[4] Older women can usually count on financial support from family members living at home or contributions from the earnings of grown children. The state however, provides one of the best pension schemes in the developing world, which can rival many advanced nations and the country provides an unconditional social care for its most vulnerables (i.e. orphans, ageing and disabled population)[4] Religion in Seychelles Some 90 percent of the population was Roman Catholic as of 1992. ... The Seychelles, which is an independent island chain in the Indian Ocean, formerly a colony of both Britain and France has a distinct kind of music. ... A matriarchy is a tradition (and by extension a form of government) in which community power lies with the eldest mother of a community. ... It has been suggested that Baby mama be merged into this article or section. ... In many countries, child support or child maintenance is the ongoing obligation for a periodic payment made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent, caregiver or guardian, for the care and support of children of a relationship or marriage that has been terminated. ...


The music of Seychelles is diverse. The folk music of the islands incorporates multiple influences in a syncretic fashion, including English contredanse, polka and mazurka, French folk and pop, sega from Mauritius and Réunion, taarab, soukous and other pan-African genres, and Polynesian, Indian and Arcadian music. A complex form of percussion music called contombley is popular, as is Moutya, a fusion of native folk rhythms with Kenyan benga developed by Patrick Victor. The Seychelles, which is an independent island chain in the Indian Ocean, formerly a colony of both Britain and France has a distinct kind of music. ... Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Thursday night contras in Cambridge, Massachusetts Contradance (also Contra dance, Contra-dance and other variant spellings) refers to several folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines. ... Street musicians in Prague playing a polka Polka is a fast, lively Central European dance, and also a genre of dance music. ... The mazurka (Polish: mazurek, named after Polands Mazovia district; mazurka is the feminine form of mazurek) is a Polish folk dance in triple metre with a lively tempo, containing a heavy accent on the third or second beat. ... This article is about Mauritian dance music. ... Taarab is a kind of East African music, most popular in Tanzania and Kenya. ... // Soukous is a musical genre that originated in the Congos during the 1930s and early 1940s, and which has gained popularity throughout Africa. ... Carving from the ridgepole of a Māori house, ca 1840 Polynesia (from Greek: πολύς many, νῆσος island) is a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. ... This article is about a region of Greece. ... Percussion redirects here. ... Moutya is a traditional dance similar to the Sega, but with often more pronounced suggestive movements. ... There is also Benga in the province of Nyanga, see Benga, Gabon Benga is a musical genre of Kenyan popular music. ...


As of 1992, some ninety percent of the population was Roman Catholic and approximately seven percent Anglican. Other religions has since been introduced with Islam being one of the fastest growing. Traditionally, despite a greater connection with Great Britain ( i.e. in Education, which follows the GCSE and 'A' (advanced) Level curriculum and have a branch of The University of Manchester as one of its highest Educational Institutions and on many aspects of the Law) a British 'Sunday telegraph' travel journalist and many other notable foreign observers has stated that "the culture remains emphatically French" and about 70% of the population has a French sounding Family name, compared with only about 20% English sounding family names, the two are often mixed with the First name, such that you get an English first name and a French family name or vice-versa e.g. Jean-pierre Kingsmith. Most people are of mixed origins often of White Europeans with Black Africans, where the whites are mainly French and the Blacks are mainly East Africans. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ...


Flora and fauna

Main article: Flora and fauna of Seychelles

In common with many fragile island ecosysytems, the early human history of Seychelles saw the loss of biodiversity including the disappearance of most of the giant tortoises from the granitic islands, felling of coastal and mid-level forests and extinction of species such as the chestnut flanked white eye, the Seychelles Parakeet and the saltwater crocodile. However, extinctions were far fewer than on other islands such as Mauritius or Hawaii, partly due to a shorter period of human occupation (since 1770). The Seychelles today is known for success stories in protecting its flora and fauna. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2112 × 2816 pixel, file size: 979 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this photo on a visit to seychelles, taken September 2006. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2112 × 2816 pixel, file size: 979 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this photo on a visit to seychelles, taken September 2006. ... Three living groups of tortoise can be considered giants: Galapagos tortoises Chelonoidis (nigra) species Seychelles giant tortoises Dipsochelys species African spurred tortoise Centrochelys sulcata The giant tortoises of the Mascarene islands Cylindraspis became extinct in the 18th century. ... Binomial name Psittacula wardi (E. Newton, 1867) The Seychelles parakeet Psittacula wardi occurred in the Indian ocean islands of the Seychelles group. ... Binomial name (Schneider, 1801) Range of the Saltwater Crocodile in black The Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest of all living crocodilians and reptiles. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


The granitic islands of Seychelles are home to about 75 endemic plant species, with a further 25 or so species in the Aldabra group. Particularly well-known is the Coco de mer, a species of palm that grows only on the islands of Praslin and neighbouring Curieuse. Sometimes nicknamed the 'love nut' because of its suggestive shape, the coco-de-mer is the world's largest seed. The jellyfish tree is to be found in only a few locations today. This strange and ancient plant has resisted all efforts to propagate it. Other unique plant species include the Wrights Gardenia found only on Aride Island Special Reserve. Species Lodoicea maldivica Ref. ... Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles, lying north east of Mahé. It is named for the French Duc de Praslin and has a population of around 5,000 people. ... Curieuse is an island in the Seychelles, and is prized as one of only two islands to have the rare Coco-De-Mer growing on its land. ... Binomial name Medusagyne oppositifolia Baker The jellyfish tree (Medusagyne oppositifolia), the only species of the family Medusagynaceae, is a very rare and unusual tree uniquely found on the island of Mahé, of the Seychelles. ...

Giant Tortoise (Dipsochelys hololissa)
Giant Tortoise (Dipsochelys hololissa)

The giant tortoises from Aldabra now populate many of the islands of the Seychelles. The Aldabra population is the largest in the world. These unique reptiles can be found even in captive herds. It has been reported that the granitic islands of Seychelles supported distinct species of Seychelles giant tortoises, the status of the different populations is currently unclear. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 503 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1583 × 1887 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 503 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1583 × 1887 pixel, file size: 2. ... Binomial name (Günther, 1877) Seychelles giant tortoise Dipsochelys hololissa has been thought to be extinct since the mid-19th century due to over-explotation on the granitic Seychelles islands. ... Giant tortoises are characteristic reptiles of certain tropical islands. ... Map of Aldabra Atoll Aldabra and Assumption Island Aldabra Atoll Aldabra is a raised coral atoll in the Indian Ocean virtually untouched by humans, with distinctive island fauna, including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. ... Binomial name (Günther, 1877) Seychelles giant tortoise Dipsochelys hololissa has been thought to be extinct since the mid-19th century due to over-explotation on the granitic Seychelles islands. ...


Seychelles hosts some of the largest seabird colonies in the world. Islands such as Bird, Aride Island, Cousin, Aldabra and Cosmoledo host many species of seabirds including the sooty tern, fairy tern, white-tailed tropicbird, noddies and frigatebirds. Aride Island has more species of seabird and greater numbers than the other 40 granite islands combined including the world's largest colony of Audubon's Shearwater and Lesser Noddy. Aride Island is one of the Seychelles, lying north of Praslin. ... Map of Aldabra Atoll Aldabra and Assumption Island Aldabra Atoll Aldabra is a raised coral atoll in the Indian Ocean virtually untouched by humans, with distinctive island fauna, including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. ... Cosmoledo Atoll from the air Cosmoledo Atoll and Astove Island Cosmoledo is an atoll of the Aldabra Group and belongs to the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1766) Synonyms Sterna fuscata Linnaeus, 1766 The Sooty Tern, Onychoprion fuscata — formerly Sterna fuscata (Bridge , 2005) — is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. ... Genera Anous Procelsterna Gygis Noddies are members of the tern family Sternidae in the genera Anous, Procelsterna, and Gygis. ... Species There are five species in the order Fregatatidae, the frigatebirds. ... Aride Island is one of the Seychelles, lying north of Praslin. ...


The marine life around the islands, especially the more remote coral islands, can be spectacular. More than 1000 species of fish have been recorded. Since the use of spearguns and dynamite for fishing was banned through efforts of local conservationists in the 1960s, the wildlife is unafraid of snorkelers and divers. Coral bleaching in 1998 has unfortunately damaged most reefs, but some reefs show healthy recovery (e.g. Silhouette Island. The reefs comprise a vast selection of soft corals and hard corals alike. There is great diving and snorkeling opportunity. The taking of marine turtles was completely stopped in 1994, turtle populations are now recovering on several protected islands, most notably Cousin Island, Aride Island, Silhouette Island and Aldabra. However, they continue to decline at unprotected sites. The use of gill nets for shark fishing as well as the practice of shark finning are now banned. // For a large mounted gun used to kill whales, see harpoon gun. ... This article is about a high explosive. ... Warm pink and yellow host coral organism due to stress. ... Silhouette Island lies 20 km northwest of Mahé in the Seychelles. ... Cousin Island is one of the Seychelles, lying west of Praslin. ... Aride Island is one of the Seychelles, lying north of Praslin. ... Silhouette Island lies 20 km northwest of Mahé in the Seychelles. ... Map of Aldabra Atoll Aldabra and Assumption Island Aldabra Atoll Aldabra is a raised coral atoll in the Indian Ocean virtually untouched by humans, with distinctive island fauna, including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. ...


See also

About 90% of the Seychellois people live on the island of Mahé. Most of the rest live on Praslin and La Digue, with the remaining smaller islands either sparsely populated or uninhabited. ... The Seychelles, which is an independent island chain in the Indian Ocean, formerly a colony of both Britain and France has a distinct kind of music. ... This is a partial list of noteworthy Seychellois: // Aimo Fontenot Highly respected independent film actor, notable for his generous donations to charities dedicated to end the divide between rich and poor in Seychelles. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 900 pixel, file size: 192 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Telephones - main lines in use: 17,844 (1997) Telephones - mobile cellular: 2,249 (1997) Telephone system: domestic: radiotelephone communications between islands in the archipelago international: direct radiotelephone communications with adjacent island countries and African coastal countries; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 2... ISO 4217 Code SCR User(s) Seychelles Inflation 4. ... The Republic of Seychelles (Creole: Repiblik Sesel) is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, some 1,600 km east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. ... Seychelles is divided into 25 districts: Anse aux Pins Anse Boileau Anse Etoile Anse Louis Anse Royale Baie Lazare Baie Sainte Anne Beau Vallon Bel Air Bel Ombre Cascade Glacis Grand Anse (Mahe) Grand Anse (Praslin) La Digue La Riviere Anglaise (English River) Les Mamelles Mont Buxton Mont Fleuri Plaisance... By 1963, political parties had developed in the Seychelles colony. ... This article gives information on election and election results in Seychelles. ... Flag ratio: 1:2 The flag used from 1977-1996 The flag used from June 1976 to June 1977 The flag of the Seychelles was adopted on June 18, 1996. ... Seychelles follows a policy of what it describes as positive nonalignment and strongly supports the principle of reduced superpower presence in the Indian Ocean. ... The unicameral National Assembly of Seychelles is the countrys legislative body. ... Political parties in Seychelles lists political parties in Seychelles. ... This page contains a list of presidents of Seychelles. ... HIStory – Past, Present and Future, Book I is a double album by American singer Michael Jackson released in June 1995 and remains Jacksons most conflicting and controversial release. ...

Further reading

  • Aldabra Adrian Skerrett (Editor)
  • Berlitz Pocket Guide Adrian & Judith Skerrett
  • [1]Birds of the Seychelles Adrian Skerrett, Ian Bullock, Tony Disley
  • Bradt travel Guide: Seychelles Lynnath Beckleya and Lyn Mair
  • The History of Slavery in Mauritius and the Seychelles, 1810-1875 Moses D. E., Nwulia
  • Insight Guide: Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles Emily Hatchwell
  • Insight Pocket Guide: Seychelles Judith & Adrian Skerrett
  • Journey through Seychelles Mohamed Amin, Duncan Willets, Adrian Skerrett, Judith Skerrett
  • Lonely Planet World Guide: Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles Jan Dodd, Madeleine Philippe
  • Political Castaways Christopher Lee
  • The Seychelles Michael Friedel
  • Seychelles Vincenzo Paolillo
  • Seychelles: Garden of Eden in the Indian Ocean Sarah Carpin
  • Paradise Raped James R. Mancham
  • Seychelles: The New Era France Albert René
  • Seychelles, What Next? Alain St.Ange
  • Seychelles Since 1770: History of a Slave and Post-Slavery Society Deryck Scarr
  • Seychelles, In Search of Democracy Alain St.Ange & Bernard Georges
  • 'Rivals in Eden' and 'Hard Times in Paradise' Bill McAteer
  • Seychelles, The Cry of A People Alain St.Ange

References

  1. ^ Virtual Seychelles
  2. ^ World Bank. 2005 International Comparison Program. Retrieved on 2008-04-07.
  3. ^ (French) INSEE Réunion. 11.1 - RÉSULTATS ÉCONOMIQUES. Retrieved on 2008-04-07.
  4. ^ a b c d Tartter, Jean R. "Status of Women". Indian Ocean country studies: Seychelles (Helen Chapin Metz, editor). Library of Congress Federal Research Division (August 1994). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ a b Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Seychelles (2007) Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (March 11, 2008). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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