Seychelles: population and cities
Countryaah website, there are currently around 95,000 people living in the
Seychelles, known as Seychellois and Seychelloises. About 26.5% of the
population are up to 14 years old, 67.5% between 15 and 64 years and 6% 65 years
old and older. The population growth is 0.4%. The birth rate of 16.22 births per
1,000 residents contrasts with a mortality of 6.34 per 1,000 residents. On
average, a Seychelloise gives birth to 1.75 children in their lifetime.
About 90% of the Seychellois are descendants of the work slaves and the settlers
who came to the islands from different French colonial areas. Around 2,000
Indo-Seychellois live on the island as well as European, African, Chinese and
About 82% of the Seychellois profess Roman Catholicism. There are also other
Christian denominations (6.5% Anglicans, 1.1% Seven-Day Adventists and 3.4%
other Christians) who are mostly descendants of British farmers and
seafarers. In addition there are the Indian Hindus (2.1%), the Arab Muslims
(1.1%) and the Chinese Buddhists (1%).
Although English is only given as mother tongue by around 5% of the population,
it is the official language of the Seychelles. The very mixed population of the
islands largely agree on a Seychellois form of Creole. About 92% are able to
speak this language.
Victoria - The capital
There is only one real city in the Seychelles, namely the capital
Victoria. The other places on the islands are little more than larger villages.
Victoria (also Port Victoria)
The largest settlement with around 30,000,000 residents, the capital and only
city of the Republic of the Seychelles nestles on the northeast coast of the
main island of Mahé. The city was founded in 1778 as the seat of the British
colonial government and, thanks to the international airport established in
1971, is the transport and economic heart of the country. The smallest capital
in the world, named after the former English Queen Victoria, is a lovely place
with a city center reminiscent of the concept of a British colonial city of the
Small boutiques and shops, colorful souvenir shops, a narrow old town and a
new town with wide streets and a tropical garden characterize the lovable city,
where everyone knows everyone. The center of Victoria is indicated by the clock
tower, a copy of London's famous Big Ben, near which the courthouse rises. The
pedestrian zone near the Clock Tower impresses with several historic wooden
houses and a pleasant liveliness. Other buildings worth seeing are the Catholic
Cathedral with the Capuchin House, the National Museum, the Natural History
Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, a colorful place full of chaos
Seychelles: Geography and Map
Defined by DigoPaul, the Seychelles are located north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. They
consist of 117 islands and are divided into five island groups, the granite
islands, the Aldabra group, the Farquhar
group, the Alphonse group and the Amiranten
group. The island nation has a total of around 93,000 residents. The
largest and most famous islands are:
- Mahé with an area of 152 km² and around 72,000
- Praslin with an area of 40 km² and around 7,500
- La Silhouette with an area of 20 km² with only around
- La Digue with an area of 9.81 km² and around 2,200
Area and boundaries
The islands of the Seychelles together cover an area of 455 km². Thereof:
Around 18% of the country is forested.
- Arable land and fields
Around 22% of the land is used as arable land or fields, especially for
growing coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, potatoes and bananas
The Seychelles are an archipelago and therefore have no border with other
states, but are completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean, with which they have
a coast to the Indian Ocean with a length of around 490 km.
Tidal range in the Seychelles
In the Seychelles, the mean tidal range is between around 25 cm and 3 m. For
detailed explanations of ebb and flow, see Tides, Ebb and Flow.
The world's highest tidal range can be found in the Bay of Fundy in Canada,
where it is up to 16 m, and at spring tide even over 20 m. The Bay of Fundy is
located on the Atlantic between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova
Scotia, which is called Nova Scotia in German and whose capital is Halifax. On
the German North Sea coast it varies between 1 m and 3 m. In the western Baltic
Sea, on the other hand, the tidal range is only 0.3 m, while it is barely
noticeable in the eastern Baltic Sea.
Geographical longitude and latitude of the Seychelles
The Seychelles extends over the following geographical latitude (abbreviation
Δφ) and geographical longitude (abbreviation Δλ):
|Δφ = from around 04 ° to 11 ° south latitude
Δλ = from around 046 ° to 057 ° east longitude
You can find detailed information on this subject under Longitude and
For the Seychelles, the following value applies to Central European Time
(CET), i.e. the time without summer time. A minus sign means that it is earlier
there, a plus sign that it is later than CET:
Further and detailed explanations of the time can be found under Time zones,
Highest sun in Victoria
Victoria lies at a southern latitude of around φ = 4.5 ° and thus in the
middle of the tropics.
If the declination δ of the sun has a value of 4.5 ° south, and thus the image
point of the sun is exactly above Victoria, the sun's position is
perpendicular. This happens exactly twice a year, roughly 17 days before March
21st and 17 days after September 21st.
If the image point of the sun and thus the declination δ is north of the
latitude of Victoria, the sun is not in the south at noon, as in our latitudes,
but in the north. In this case, the sun moves from east to north to west, where,
like us, it sets.
The highest point in the country is the Morne Seychellois on the island of Mahé
with a height of 905 m.
Another elevation is the Montagne Planeau with a height of 668 m.
The Indian Ocean
The Seychelles archipelago is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean,
around 1,500 km east of the coast of Africa.