Most Seychelles are Creole, that is, a mixture of Africans, Europeans and Asians. About nine out of ten residents live on the main island of Mahé.
Almost all others live on Praslin or La Digue. Alongside the Creole, there are minorities of Europeans, Indians, Chinese, Africans and Arabs. Population growth is relatively low. About a fifth of the population is under the age of 14, a low proportion for a country in Africa.
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More than 90 percent of the residents have the Creole language seselwa (Seychelles) as their mother tongue. Almost everyone speaks French and English as well. The French are close to seselwa and are seen as historically important. English is the most important language in administration and commerce, and it is the language of instruction in schools from grade three.
FACTS – POPULATION AND LANGUAGE
Number of residents
95 843 (2017)
Number of residents per square kilometer
Percentage of residents in the cities
56.3 percent (2017)
Nativity / birth
17.4 per 1000 residents (2016)
Mortality / mortality
7.9 per 1000 residents (2016)
1.2 percent (2017)
2.8 number of births per woman (2016)
Percentage of women
50.7 percent (2017)
74 years (2016)
Life expectancy for women
80 years (2016)
Life expectancy for men
69 years (2016)
seselwa is official language 2
- Minorities of Indians, Chinese, British, Africans, Arabs
2. French and English are spoken by most
Faure takes over as president
Danny Faure takes over as president.
Requirements for new elections
Opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan calls for presidential elections to be announced, and for Michel not only to be able to hand over power to Faure.
The President announces his departure
President Michel announces that he will step down in October and be replaced by Vice President Danny Faure. Initially, it is unclear whether elections will be held, but later Michel says that Faure will sit for the term of office.
The opposition wins the parliamentary election
Ahead of the election, the largest opposition party SNP has formed a four-party election alliance under the name of Seychelles Democratic Alliance (LDS), which wins 19 of the 33 seats, while Party Lepep takes the other 14. Calculated as a percentage, the margin is between the two smaller ones. 48.37 percent of the votes, Parti Lepep wins 48.01 percent. The turnout is just over 87 percent.
Homosexuality is decriminalized
14 members of the National Assembly for votes to decriminalize homosexuality, the others cast their votes. A further four members were absent in the chamber when the vote was taken. In the past, gay acts have been punishable by imprisonment for up to 14 years.
A maximum of two terms of office for the President after constitutional amendment
The National Assembly votes to change the constitution so that the president can sit for a maximum of two terms of office, instead of the previous three. The constitutional change is initiated by President Michel.