Seychelles

Seychelles is an archipelago of 155 islands out of which 115 are islands and 40 are islets, all of which are located in the Indian Ocean. It lies on the east of the mainland Africa and northeast to the island of Madagascar. Other neighbouring island countries are Mauritius, Zanzibar, Reunion, Comoros, Mayotte, Suvadives and Maldives. Victoria is the capital of Seychelles and French, English and Seychellois Creole are the official languages. The population of Seychelles is lesser than any other sovereign state in the continent.

The cultural music of Seychelles is an incorporation of multiple influences in a synchronized form. It includes English contredanse, French pop and folk, sega from Reunion and Mauritius, some pan African generations, Indian, Arcadian and Polynesian music. Contombley is a popular form of music that is a complex form of percussion music. Moutya music is a fusion of native folk rhythms and has been developed made popular by Patrick Victor. Around 90% of the population is Roman Catholic and 7% Anglican.

Since independence in 1976, the per capita in come of Seychelles has grown 7 times the older level. The major contributing factor to the economy of Seychelles has been tourism. It provides more than 70% of the earning and 30% of the labor. Tuna fishing has contributed largely to the economic growth of Seychelles. The government has also taken initiatives to upgrade hotel and other services in the country with the help of foreign investments. Along with it, Seychelles is also promoting the development of small scale manufacturing, farming and fishing. Seychelles is the richest country in Africa in terms of GDP per capita at official exchange rates. The offshore industry is growing at a fast rate in Seychelles. Seychelles proudly boasts to be smallest country to issue its own currency.

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