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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Seychelles

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A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Since independence in 1976, per capita output in this indian ocean archipelago has expanded to roughly seven times the pre-independence, near-subsistence level, moving the island into the upper-middle income group of countries. growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labor force and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings, and by tuna fishing. in recent years, the government has encouraged foreign investment to upgrade hotels and other services. at the same time, the government has moved to reduce the dependence on tourism by promoting the development of farming, fishing, and small-scale manufacturing. sharp drops illustrated the vulnerability of the tourist sector in 1991-92 due largely to the gulf war and once again following the 11 september 2001 terrorist attacks on the us. economic growth slowed in 1998-2002 and fell in 2003-04, due to sluggish tourist and tuna sectors, but resumed in 2005-07. real gdp grew by 5.8% in 2007, driven by tourism and a boom in tourism-related construction. the seychelles rupee was allowed to depreciate in 2006 after being overvalued for years and fell by 10% in the first 9 months of 2007.

Environmental Issues

Water supply depends on catchments to collect rainwater

Government Type



82,247 (july 2008 est.)


Archipelago in the indian ocean, northeast of madagascar


Total: 455 sq km land: 455 sq km water: 0 sq km

2.5 times the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: republic of seychelles conventional short form: seychelles local long form: republic of seychelles local short form: seychelles


Name: victoria geographic coordinates: 4 38 s, 55 27 e time difference: utc+4 (9 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

Military Service

18 years of age for voluntary military service (younger with parental consent); no conscription (2008)

International Disputes

Together with mauritius, seychelles claims the chagos archipelago (uk-administered british indian ocean territory)

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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