Demographics of Seychelles

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of Seychelles, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

About 90% of the Seychellois people live on the island of Mahé. Most of the rest live on Praslin and La Digue, with the remaining smaller islands either sparsely populated or uninhabited.

Most Seychellois are descendants of early French settlers and East Africans who arrived in the 19th century. Tamils, along with other South Indians and Chinese (1.1% of the population) account for the other permanent inhabitants. About 1,703 (2000) expatriates live and work in Seychelles.

Seychelles culture is a mixture of French and African (Creole) influences. The local Seychellois Creole (Kreol), a creole language derived from French and African tongues, is the native language of 91.8% of the people; but English and French are also commonly used. English remains the language of government and commerce.

About 91.9% of the adult population is literate, and the literacy rate of school-aged children has risen to well over 98%. Increases are expected, as nearly all children of primary school age attend school, and the government encourages adult education.

Vital statistics[1][2][edit]

Population(x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000)
1950 36 1 061 418 643 29.5 11.6 17.9
1951 34 1 033 425 608 30.4 12.5 17.9
1952 36 1 037 456 581 28.8 12.7 16.1
1953 37 1 169 438 731 31.6 11.8 19.8
1954 37 1 209 457 752 32.7 12.4 20.3
1955 39 1 303 456 847 33.4 11.7 21.7
1956 38 1 458 468 990 38.4 12.3 26.1
1957 38 1 534 424 1 110 40.4 11.2 29.2
1958 39 1 553 450 1 103 39.8 11.5 28.3
1959 40 1 595 421 1 174 39.9 10.5 29.4
1960 42 1 714 450 1 264 40.8 10.7 30.1
1961 43 1 775 574 1 201 41.3 13.3 27.9
1962 44 1 733 504 1 229 39.4 11.5 27.9
1963 45 1 855 513 1 342 41.2 11.4 29.8
1964 46 1 867 485 1 382 40.6 10.5 30.0
1965 47 1 772 563 1 209 37.7 12.0 25.7
1966 47 1 895 515 1 380 40.3 11.0 29.4
1967 48 1 827 536 1 291 38.1 11.2 26.9
1968 49 1 738 538 1 200 35.5 11.0 24.5
1969 51 1 715 561 1 154 33.6 11.0 22.6
1970 52 1 660 437 1 223 31.9 8.4 23.5
1971 53 1 837 464 1 373 34.7 8.8 25.9
1972 55 1 723 529 1 194 31.3 9.6 21.7
1973 56 1 639 475 1 164 29.3 8.5 20.8
1974 57 1 860 497 1 363 32.6 8.7 23.9
1975 59 1 806 433 1 373 30.6 7.3 23.3
1976 61 1 642 466 1 176 26.9 7.6 19.3
1977 62 1 599 477 1 122 25.8 7.7 18.1
1978 62 1 796 466 1 330 29.0 7.5 21.5
1979 63 1 730 438 1 292 27.5 7.0 20.5
1980 63 1 830 444 1 386 29.0 7.0 22.0
1981 64 1 802 442 1 360 28.2 6.9 21.3
1982 64 1 552 482 1 070 24.3 7.5 16.7
1983 64 1 662 452 1 210 25.8 7.0 18.8
1984 65 1 739 488 1 251 26.9 7.6 19.4
1985 65 1 729 468 1 261 26.5 7.2 19.3
1986 66 1 722 498 1 224 26.2 7.6 18.6
1987 66 1 684 505 1 179 25.4 7.6 17.8
1988 67 1 643 504 1 139 24.7 7.6 17.1
1989 69 1 600 563 1 037 23.2 8.2 15.0
1990 70 1 617 543 1 074 23.3 7.8 15.5
1991 71 1 708 545 1 163 24.2 7.7 16.5
1992 71 1 603 522 1 081 22.7 7.4 15.3
1993 72 1 689 597 1 092 23.4 8.3 15.1
1994 74 1 700 550 1 150 23.0 7.5 15.6
1995 75 1 582 525 1 057 21.0 7.0 14.0
1996 76 1 611 566 1 045 21.1 7.4 13.7
1997 77 1 475 603 872 19.1 7.8 11.3
1998 79 1 412 570 842 17.9 7.2 10.7
1999 80 1 460 560 900 18.2 7.0 11.2
2000 81 1 512 553 959 18.6 6.8 11.8
2001 81 1 440 554 886 17.7 6.8 10.9
2002 84 1 481 647 834 17.7 7.7 10.0
2003 83 1 498 668 830 18.1 8.1 10.0
2004 83 1 435 611 824 17.3 7.4 9.9
2005 84 1 536 673 863 18.3 8.0 10.3
2006 85 1 467 664 803 17.3 7.8 9.4
2007 86 1 499 630 869 17.4 7.3 10.1
2008 87 1 546 662 884 17.8 7.6 10.2
2009 87 1 580 684 896 18.1 7.9 10.3
2010 87 1 504 664 840 17.4 7.7 9.7
2011 88 1 625 691 934 18.6 7.9 10.7

CIA World Factbook demographic statistics[edit]

The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.

Demographics of Seychelles, Data of FAO, year 2005 ; Number of inhabitants in thousands.

Population[edit]

81,188 (July 2005 est.)

Age structure[edit]


0-14 years: 26.4% (male 10,839; female 10,601)
15-64 years: 67.4% (male 26,709; female 28,025)
65 years and over: 6.2% (male 1,622; female 3,392) (2005 est.)

Population growth rate[edit]

0.43% (2005 est.)

Sex ratio[edit]


at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.48 male(s)/female
total population: 0.93 male(s)/female (2005 est.)

Infant mortality rate[edit]

15.53 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)

Life expectancy at birth[edit]


total population: 69 years
male: 69 years
female: 69 years (2005 est.)

Total fertility rate[edit]

1.75 children born/woman (2005 est.)

Nationality[edit]


noun: Seychellois (singular and plural)
adjective: Seychelles

Ethnic groups[edit]

Racially mixed (70%), French, African, Indo-Seychellois (2,000), Chinese, and Arab

Religions[edit]

Roman Catholic 82.2%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh-day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, Buddhism 1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 0.5%, none 0.2% (2007 census)

Languages[edit]

93.2% Seychellois Creole, 3.0% English, 1.8% French, 0.5% Chinese, 0.3% Indian, 1.2% others

Literacy[edit]


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.9%
male: 91.4%
female: 92.3% (2003 est.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] United nations. Demographic Yearbooks
  2. ^ STATISTICS & DATABASE ADMINISTRATION SECTION (SDAS)