Name: Republic of Seychelles

Name Origin: Jean Moreau de Séchelles  (King Louis XV’s finance minister)

First Seychelles explorer: João de Nova (1501) discovers the Farquhar Islands

Population: Roughly 97,871 people (2019) & 90% of the population live on the main island of Mahé

Total island: 115 Islands (42 Granite island & 73 Coral islands ) a total of 455 km² (175 sq. miles) in size

Climate:  Tropical with constant temperature and high humidity.

Main seasons: Northwest Monsoon from December to March & South east monsoon from May to October

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +4

Calling Code: +248 or (00248)

Language: Seychellois Creole, English, French,

National Currency: 1 Seychellois Rupee=100cents

National Day: 18 June


National Flower: Orkid payanke

National Tree: Coco-de-Mer Palm

National Animal:  Giant Tortoise

National Bird : Black Parrot

National Motto: “Finis Coronat Opus” (“The End Crowns the Work”)

Seychelles Fauna: 13 species of amphibians, 30 reptiles, 220 bird species and  more than 1,000 species of invertebrates

Seychelles Endangered birds: Seychelles paradise flycatcher, Seychelles warbler, Seychelles magpie robin, Seychelles white eye, Seychelles scops owl,  Seychelles black parrot

Indian Ocean Flightless Bird: White-Throated Rail from Aldabra Island.

Seychelles Agricultural Products: Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, Cassava (tapioca) and exotic fruits.

Seychelles food and dishes: Coconut Curry, Ladob, Salted Fish, Shark chutney, Grilled Fish or Octopus etc

Seychelles Coral reef area: around 600,000 km² (230,000 sq. miles)

Seychelles highest mountain: Morne Seychellois’, with 905m or 2,969ft.

Seychelles Pirate Hideout: Anse Forbans (Pirate’s Cove) on Mahé and Côte d’Or on Praslin. It is believed that famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth more than $160,000 that remains unfound.

Seychelles Forest Conservation: Around 50% of its landmass is occupied by national parks and reserves

Seychelles Marine Conservation: By 2020, 410,000 sq km or 30 per cent of Seychelles’ waters are Marine Protected Areas

UNESCO world heritage sites: Vallee de Mai (Praslin island) and the Aldabra atoll

Earth Rarest Trees in Seychelles: Jellyfish trees in Mahe island & Coco-de-Mer palm in Praslin island


World’s second-largest coral atol: Aldabra atoll (Also World largest raised coral atol) Area: 155.4 km²

First marine park in the Indian Ocean: The Sainte Anne Marine National Park, 1973.

Oldest oceanic islands on earth: Seychelles’ granitic islands

Smallest capital in the world: Victoria, The capital of Seychelles.

Largest seed in the world:  Coco de mer seeds or Love nut in Praslin island (about 20 Kgs)

Largest arthropod in the world: Coconut crab (Robber crab or the palm thief) in Seychelles

World largest colonies of Lesser Noddy Seabird: Aride Island.

World largest Tortoises Population: Aldabra Atoll 152,000+ giant tortoises (that’s more tortoises than there are humans in Seychelles!)

World’s heaviest land tortoise: Esmeralda,  he’s a guy, 363 Kgs, 170 years old living in Bird Island

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