Seychelles State Overview

Seychelles State Overview

Economy

Agriculture was until 1975 the main source of wealth in the Seychelles, but was displaced by tourism. Cocoa, coconut, coffee, and sugar cane are grown, part of whose production is exported. There are sheep and pigs. The fishing has acquired enough development in recent years.

Population

The population of the Seychelles in 2007 was 81,895. The capital, main city and most important port is Victoria (with a population in 1990 of 35,000 residents) on the island of Mahé. About 90% of the country’s population lives in Mahé. Most of the population is of mixed French and African descent, although Chinese and Indian minorities are also present. The English and French are the official languages, but it is more common to speak Creole a language – based patois French. About 90% of the population is Catholic. See population of Seychelles.

Health

According to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Seychelles there are no contagious diseases such as malaria, yellow fever or cholera, so some of these vaccines are only required if they come from an infected area. The water in Mahé and Praslin does not offer problems, but in the other islands it is recommended to drink mineral water

Culture

There is no indigenous culture in the Seychelles, but aspects of African origins have endured. The government has formed the National School of Music and a National Cultural “Troupe” to promote Creole cultural identity and tradition.

The “sombre moutia” is the typical dance of the islands, with strong African and Malagasy rhythms. The songs are usually prayers that the slaves turned into work songs, and are accompanied by soft, repetitive rhythms. The “moutia” represents one of those events where everyone must stand up and come together to dance.

The music of the Seychelles is a mixture of Hindu, European, Chinese and Arabic, thus creating an orchestra of accordions, banjos, violins, makalapos (a stringed instrument), zez (a zither), African drums and bom, an arched instrument.

Tradition and Customs

According to abbreviationfinder, the Seychelles archipelago is a Creole country. Today that Creole feeling is vindicated. The Creole language is not as despised as in the past: it is studied in school, it is spoken on the radio, in Church and even in official speeches. This rebirth of Creole identity has renewed the pride of the Seychelles.

The natives of the archipelago are above all natural and you can tell them from the first moment, since it is said that here they all belong to the same great family. It is also claimed that the Seychelles are the archipelago of love. The people of the Seychelles are hedonistic minded and do not worry about what may happen tomorrow.

Festivities

Due to its short history, the Seychelles do not enjoy many traditional festivals. Most public holidays are events of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, such as Easter, Corpus Christi, the Assumption, and the Immaculate Conception. The main non-religious celebration is the Kreol Festival, organized to preserve and promote Creole culture. It is celebrated every year at the end of October and consists of a week of Creole explosion with its cuisine, its fashion, its art, its music and its dance.. Creole artists from all over the world come to the Seychelles to be present at this festival of traveling theater, literature, photography, puppetry and dancing. It is a good time to buy Creole crafts.

Religion

Most of the islanders are practicing Catholics, but at the same time there is a widespread belief in the supernatural and the arcane magic of spirits, called ” gray.” The witchcraft was banned in 1958, but still healers and healers practicing their spells and preparing potions for love, the fate and revenge.

Languages

Both English and French are spoken by most of the population, although French Creole is the native language. The ” Kreol seselwa ” was rehabilitated and granted semi-official rank in 1981.

Sports

There are many sports that can be practiced during the holidays in the Seychelles: Some on land, such as golf, climbing, hiking, or cycling, as well as water sports, such as diving or snorkelling, fishing, the sailing, boating kayaking or swimming.

They all have a common link, and is pleased to be practicing sport in the air free, in direct contact with nature.

Transportation

  • Plane: Local airlines, Air Seychelles, offer regular flights to Praslin, Frégate, Desroches, Bird and Denis, and charter flightsto other islands. You can also travel by helicopter to some islands. Another interesting means of transport can be theferry, which runs regularly between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. For smaller islands, a boat will suffice.
  • Bus or car: There is a fairly extensive network of buses in Mahé, and somewhat more limited in Praslin, but those who want an individual trip can rent a « Mini Moke », a vehicle that, although not luxurious, is sufficient to travel around the city. Island.

In Seychelles you drive on the left, the speed limit in urban areas is 40 km / h and on the road it is 65 km / h.

Taxis can also be found in Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, whose prices are set by the government.

  • Bicycle: In Praslin and in La Digue it is very easy to rent bicycles, not in Mahé, but perhaps the best way to get to know the place is on foot, since there is little traffic, the distances are short and the landscape is wonderful.

Seychelles State Overview