Victoria, Seychelles

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Victoria
Skyline of Victoria
Location of Victoria on Mahé Island
Location of Victoria on Mahé Island
Victoria is located in Seychelles
Victoria
Victoria
Location in Seychelles
Coordinates: 4°37′S 55°27′E / 4.617°S 55.450°E / -4.617; 55.450
Country Seychelles
Island Mahé
Population (2002)
 • Total 24,970
Twin cities
 • Djibouti City[citation needed] Djibouti

Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria) is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, the archipelago's main island. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. In 2009, the population of Greater Victoria (including the suburbs) was 25,000 out of the country's total population of 87,972. Victoria is served by Seychelles International Airport, completed in 1971.[1]

The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, fish and guano.[1]

Attractions in the city include a clocktower modelled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England,[1][2] the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market.[1] Victoria market is the local hotspot for the Seychellois people and the brightly coloured Fish and Fruit Markets are not to be missed, also nearby is the gallery of the renowned local artist Georges Camille. The city is also home to the national stadium, the International School Seychelles and a polytechnic. The inner harbour lies immediately east of the town, where tuna fishing and canning forms a major local industry.[1] One of the largest bridges in Victoria was destroyed by tsunami waves from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[2]

District[edit]

Victoria proper is composed of parts of three Districts of Seychelles:

  1. English River (La Riviere Anglaise) (the innermost part)
  2. Saint Louis
  3. Mont Fleuri

Greater Victoria encompasses these three, and five more of the 25 Districts of Seychelles as follows:

  1. Mont Buxton
  2. Bel Air
  3. Roche Caiman
  4. Les Mamelles
  5. Plaisance

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Victoria, is twinned with:

Country City
Djibouti Republic of Djibouti Coat of arms of Djibouti.svg Djibouti
Vietnam Vietnam Hanoi Logo.svg Hanoi[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Victoria (Seychelles International Airport)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.8
(85.6)
30.4
(86.7)
31.0
(87.8)
31.4
(88.5)
30.5
(86.9)
29.1
(84.4)
28.3
(82.9)
28.4
(83.1)
29.1
(84.4)
29.6
(85.3)
30.1
(86.2)
30.0
(86)
29.8
(85.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.8
(80.2)
27.3
(81.1)
27.8
(82)
28.0
(82.4)
27.7
(81.9)
26.6
(79.9)
25.8
(78.4)
25.9
(78.6)
26.4
(79.5)
26.7
(80.1)
26.8
(80.2)
26.7
(80.1)
26.9
(80.4)
Average low °C (°F) 24.1
(75.4)
24.6
(76.3)
24.8
(76.6)
25.0
(77)
25.4
(77.7)
24.6
(76.3)
23.9
(75)
23.9
(75)
24.2
(75.6)
24.3
(75.7)
24.0
(75.2)
23.9
(75)
24.4
(75.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 379
(14.92)
262
(10.31)
167
(6.57)
177
(6.97)
124
(4.88)
63
(2.48)
80
(3.15)
97
(3.82)
121
(4.76)
206
(8.11)
215
(8.46)
281
(11.06)
2,172
(85.49)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 17 11 11 14 11 10 10 10 11 12 14 18 149
 % humidity 82 80 79 80 79 79 80 79 78 79 80 82 79.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 153.3 175.5 210.5 227.8 252.8 232.0 230.5 230.7 227.7 220.7 195.7 170.5 2,527.7
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization[4]
Source #2: NOAA[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cybriwsky, Roman A. (2013). Capital Cities around the World. ABC-CLIO. p. 321. ISBN 9781610692489. 
  2. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Africa. Oxford University Press. 2010. p. 530. ISBN 9780195337709. 
  3. ^ "Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng hội kiến Tổng thống Seychelles". BÁO ĐIỆN TỬ CỦA CHÍNH PHỦ NƯỚC CỘNG HÒA XÃ HỘI CHỦ NGHĨA VIỆT NAM. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  4. ^ "World Weather Information Service - Victoria". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SEYCHELLES INTL AP Climate Normals 1971-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

Coordinates: 4°37′00″S 55°27′00″E / 4.6167°S 55.4500°E / -4.6167; 55.4500