Thursday, 25 July 2013

15 Interesting Facts About The Seychelles

1. Pirates used to seek the islands of Seychelles as a hideout. It is believed that Olivier Le Vasseur, an infamous pirate, had a treasure worth 100,000 euros that remains hidden in the land up to the present.

2. Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles, is the smallest capital in the whole world.

3. Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond novels and short stories, named his character Milton Krest after a tonic and ginger beer that he tasted while vacationing in Seychelles.

4. This beautiful country island was home to none until the latter part of the 18th century, when its first settlers arrived.

5. Almost half of the limited landmass in the country is occupied by national parks and reserves. This is in support of the government’s various environment and ecosystems protection and conservation policies.

6. Seychelles is the right place to visit if you want to see unique endemic species. These include the paradise flycatcher, the warbler, the jelly fish tree, and the female Coco de Mer, which is the world’s heaviest nut.

7. The country is home to the heaviest land tortoise that is living in the wild. Named Esmeralda, the animal weighs 304 kilograms and can be found at the Bird Island.

8. In the Ste. Anne Marine National Park, you will find the Moyenne Island, which is believed to be haunted by a spirit that guards a buried treasure.

9. Round Island used to be a leper colony. A stone prison still remains up to this day.

10. When it served as host country to the Miss World Beauty Pageants in 1997 and 1998, Seychelles had great international media coverage, enough to boost its tourism industry.

11. Seychelles is a democratic country with its own constitution that was adopted on 18 June 1993.

12. Seychelles has a population growth rate of 0.922%, which is in line with the world population growth rate of 1.14%.

13. The highest point in Seychelles is Morne Seychellios which is situated on the main island of Mahe. It has an altitude of 905m, or 2969ft.

14. The National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale consists of 34 seats; with 25 members elected by popular vote and 9 allocated on a proportional basis to parties winning at least 10% of the vote. Members serve five-year terms.

15. Seychelles consists of 41 granitic and 75 coralline islands.

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