Districts of Seychelles

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A clickable map of Mahe Island exhibiting its ditricts.

Seychelles is divided into 26 districts. All but one are located on the Inner Islands; the Outer Islands (Zil Elwannyen Sesel) make up the most recent district. Eight of the districts make up Greater Victoria, 14 are located in the rural part of the main island of Mahé, two on Praslin, and one on La Digue (which includes small surrounding islands and some distant islands like Silhouette, North Island, Denis, Bird).

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The capital city of Victoria consists of the districts English River, Saint Louis and Mont Fleuri.

Between 1991 and 1993, the originally 23 districts were local government units with elected councils. Since then, they have been governed by government-appointed administrators. [1]

In 1998, two new districts, Roche Caiman and Les Mamelles were created mostly from reclaimed land and from parts of Plaisance. In 2012, another new land reclamation took place, and Eve Island and Rev Island were created near the capital Victoria and Bay St. Anne in Praslin, making the area 459 km2. Also, the Outer Islands were given a status of a district by the ministry of tourism.

Praslin with division into two districts (07 und 14) Praslin.svg
Praslin with division into two districts (07 und 14)

Table of districts

Nr [lower-alpha 1] DistrictCapitalAreaPopulationRegion
km2mi2
** Mahe Islands Mahe Islands163.263.078,333
01 Anse aux Pins Anse Aux Pins2.20.853,673East Mahé
02 Anse Boileau Anse Boileau12.04.64,183West Mahé
03 Anse Etoile Anse Etoile5.82.25,018North Mahé
04 Au Cap La Plaine St. André?8.73.43,743East Mahé
05 Anse Royale Anse Royale6.62.53,818South Mahé
06 Baie Lazare Baie Lazare12.14.73,227South Mahé
08 Beau Vallon Beau Vallon4.31.74,142North Mahé
09 Bel Air Bel Air4.71.83,015Greater Victoria
10 Bel Ombre Bel Ombre9.23.64,163West Mahé
11 Cascade capital10.44.04,088East Mahé
12 Glacis capital7.02.74,157North Mahé
13 Grand'Anse Grand'Anse15.45.92,842West Mahé
16 English River English River1.70.664,252Greater Victoria
17 Mont Buxton Mont Buxton1.20.463,173Greater Victoria
18 Mont Fleuri Mont Fleuri6.12.43,966Greater Victoria
19 Plaisance Plaisance3.41.33,690Greater Victoria
20 Pointe La Rue Pointe La Rue3.91.53,245East Mahé
21 Port Glaud Port Glaud28.711.12,378West Mahé
22 Saint Louis Saint Louis1.10.423,436Greater Victoria
23 Takamaka Takamaka14.45.62,580South Mahé
24 Les Mamelles Les Mamelles1.80.692,537Greater Victoria
25 Roche Caïman Roche Caïman1.20.462,893Greater Victoria
** Praslin Islands [ citation needed ]Praslin Islands42.216.37,682
07 Baie Sainte Anne Anse Volbert25.19.73,626Inner Islands
14 Grand'Anse Praslin Grand Anse14.45.64,056Inner Islands
** La Digue Islands [ citation needed ]La Digue Islands41.816.13,506
15 La Digue and Inner Islands La Passe41.816.13,506Inner Islands
** Outer Islands Victoria, Seychelles 211.881.8503
26 Outer Islands (Coëtivy)211.881.8503 Outer Islands
 Seychelles Victoria 459.0177.290,024 

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La Digue

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References

  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-12-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Notes

  1. The number relates to ISO-Code for districts 01 through 26