Seychelles is a tiny island country comprised of a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is a republic 1,500 km away from the eastern shores of Africa (to the east is Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania) and to the northeast of Madagascar. France and the UK controlled the islands respectively, so the official languages are French and English, although Seychellois Creole is also officially recognized and prevalently used. The state has instituted a convenient and efficient system to draw in foreign companies, offering an organized process and various incentives for external companies and foreign investments.
80% of the population is ethnically Seychellois Creole (originally African), but there are also many British, French, Chinese and Indian immigrants. The capital is Victoria, located on the main island of Mahé, and its overall area is only 451 km2. The islands were uninhabited before their discovery by Portuguese sailors in the 16th century. In 1756 France took control of the islands (and thus they are named after Louis XV's Minister of Finance), and in 1810 the UK managed to bloodlessly annex it from France and make it a British colony. They were awarded their independence in 1976. To date the Seychelles are still part of the British Commonwealth.For Viewing Seychelles in Google Maps - Click Here
Seychelles has 85,000 residents, GDP is 2.3 billion USD, and per capita income is 25,200 USD, a figure that is relatively high for Africa. The local currency is the Seychellois rupee. Its economy used to be based on agriculture (cinnamon, vanilla and coconut as major exports), but after several economic reforms and emphasis on tourism more money has begun to flow into the state budget. This has produced significant economic growth with tourism generating 30% of local jobs. Financial services and registration services of foreign companies on the islands is also key to furthered growth, and Seychelles provides excellent infrastructure in terms of legislation, communication systems, regulatory requirements and various tax breaks according to type of company.
Seychelles offers full discretion for office holders of foreign companies and 0% corporate tax. However, they must adhere to several restrictions: they may not trade within the islands or own real-estate there, they may not conduct business relating to banking, insurance, asset management (excluding the company premises), finance management and similar endeavors. Other limitations relate to the ban of sale of shares to the public.
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