Seychelles at a Glance

Geography: 4-10 degrees south of the equator. Lies between 480km and 1 600km from the East coast of Africa in the                        Western Indian Ocean.

Capital:         Victoria on the main island of Mahé.

Climate:        Tropical. Always warm without extremes. Temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All                         but the most remote of the Southern islands lie outside of the cyclone belt. January and February are the                         rainy months, while May to September brings drier, cooler weather. October to March sees generally calm                         waters and warm, humid conditions.

Culture:         Since the first French settlers arrived in 1770, the Seychelles has been a magnet for people from all walks                         of life, from freed slaves, to colonial settlers, political exiles, adventurers, Arab and Persian traders,                         Chinese and Indians. With such multi-ethnic roots, Seychelles has evolved into a vibrant yet peaceful and                         tolerant society – a melting pot of different races, traditions and religions, all of which co-exist in harmony.

Population:   81 000

Language:    There are three official languages in Seychelles: Creole, English and French – although many Seychellois                         also speak Italian and German.

Currency:     Seychelles Rupee are the official currency, however US Dollars and Euros are also accepted.