Seychelles: Country and Foreign Investment
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, lying mostly between 4 and 5 degrees south of the equator. The islands lie to the north-west of Madagascar and about 1,500 km east of Africa. This is outside the cyclone belt, so the weather is stable all year round, with an average maximum daily temperature of 29°C. Rainfall is heaviest in December and January.
The Seychelles consists of two groups of islands: the first is the 32 quite closely-grouped Granitic islands, including Mahé, the principal island. Mahé is 27km in length and 12 km wide with a total area of 154 sq km; it is mountainous, rising to a peak of 905 m. The second island group, the 83 Coralline islands, are spread out over a wide area between the Granitic group and Madagascar.
The Seychelles has one of the most unspoilt environments in the world with many species of birds, fish and rich flora, some of which are unique. Victoria, the capital, on Mahé, has the deepest port in the Indian Ocean. The international airport on Mahé has direct flights to many cities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the Far East.