Population: July 1994 estimate 72,113 with
growth rate of 0.8 percent.
Ethnic Groups: Relatively homogeneous population
mixed European and African descent.
Languages: Official languages: Creole (first),
(second), French (third).
Religion: Roman Catholics (90 percent),
percent), evangelical Protestants (1 percent), other (2
Education: Free, required attendance grades one
nine. Initial instruction in Creole, English added in
three, French in grade six. Participation in one-year
Youth Service program at age fifteen generally needed to
Seychelles Polytechnic or to begin work. No higher
island. Overall claimed literacy in 1991: 85 percent.
Health: Free government health services for all
citizens. In 1994 life expectancy at birth estimated at:
69.7 years, 73.4 for females, 66.1 years for males. Infant
mortality in 1994 estimated at 11.7 per 1,000 live births.
Data as of August 1994