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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Seychelles
conventional short form: Seychelles
local long form: Republic of Seychelles
local short form: Seychelles
Gevernment typerepublic
Capital name: Victoria
geographic coordinates: 4 38 S, 55 27 E
time difference: UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionfive oblique bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, red, white, and green (bottom) radiating from the bottom of the hoist side
CurrencySeychelles rupee (SCR)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsVictoria
Agriculture productscoconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (tapioca), bananas; poultry; tuna
Industriesfishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir (coconut fiber) rope, boat building, printing, furniture; beverages
Locationarchipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar
Coordinates4 35 S, 55 40 E
Area total: 455 sq km
land: 455 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline491 km
Climatetropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)
TerrainMahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs
Natural resourcesfish, copra, cinnamon trees
Natural hazardslies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible
Population81,541 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsmixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Arab
ReligionsRoman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)
LanguagesCreole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)

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