The Seychelles were for a long time a collection
of uninhabited islands in the Indian Ocean. Only in the
late 18th century did European settlers settle with
African slaves. The islands ended up under British
supremacy, and served as a naval and air base during
World War II. Since 1976, Seychelles has been an
independent nation with a relatively high standard of
living. Tourism and fishing form the basis of the
Brief profiles of Seychelles, including geography, history, politics, economics as well as common acronyms about this country.
Geography and climate
The Seychelles are located in the Indian
Ocean, off the east coast of Africa and just south of
the equator. The archipelago comprises an estimated 115
islands, of which the vast majority are uninhabited.
The land area is one thousandth of Sweden, but the
islands are spread over an area that is almost three
times the size of Sweden.
More than 40 of the islands consist of granite, the
others are coral. The granite islands, with lush
tropical vegetation, descend steeply towards the sea,
while the coral islands barely rise above the sea
The main island of Mahé occupies about a third of the
country's area and is located approximately 100 km
northeast of Madagascar and just over 150 km east of the
African mainland. Other major islands are Praslin and La
The Seychelles have a maritime tropical climate,
which means even and quite high temperature and high
humidity. The archipelago has two seasons that are
controlled by monsoon winds.
In December, the northwest monsoon comes and brings
with it a lot of rain. The rain begins to subside in
March. From May to October the south-east monsoon blows,
when it rains less and the climate is somewhat cooler.
However, the temperatures do not vary much, but are
usually between 24 and 30 degrees.
FACTS - GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
454 km2 (2018)
Swedish +3 hours
Capital with number of inhabitants
Victoria 28,000 (UN estimate 2018)
Other major cities
Morne Seychellois (at Mahé, 912 m above sea level)
Average Precipitation / year
Victoria 2 360 mm
Average / day
Victoria 27 °C
New Democratic Party (NDP) changes name to Seychelles United Party (Seselwa
United Party, SUP).
Report on criticized election system is presented
A government-appointed group, made up of representatives of a number of
political parties, presents a report on the country's electoral system, which is
criticized by the opposition for favoring the ruling party. The group recommends
that party funding be reviewed to increase transparency and clarify the rules.
The group also recommends that the current voting lengths, which have been
questioned, be replaced.
In-law to former dictator is granted asylum
A son-in-law of Tunisia's former dictator Ben Ali is granted political asylum
in Seychelles. The decision strained relations with Tunisia, which requires the
man to be extradited to his home country.
Disaster status is announced after a storm
A tropical storm at the end of the month causes flooding and landslides.
Authorities are announcing disaster states in three districts on the main
island. No deaths should have been claimed, but at least 150 homes have been
destroyed. President Michel appeals for international assistance.