Seychelles

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SEYCHELLES are a group of volcanic islands that lie in the western Indian Ocean about 1,200 kilometers or 746 miles from the coast of east Africa. About 40 of the islands are mountainous and consist of granite, while just over 50 are coral islands. The climate is tropical maritime with heavy rain.

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About 90 percent of the people live on the island of Mahé, which is the site of the capital, Victoria.

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The staple foods are coconut, imported rice, and fish, and some fruits are grown for home consumption.

Tourism accounts for about 90 percent of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. It employs one-third of the labor force – export trade based on petroleum (after importation), copra, cinnamon bark, and fish.

The only mineral resource is guano. Seychelles was a one-party socialist state until 1991 when a new constitution introduced. The first free elections held in 1993.

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