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Seychelles Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


89,900 (174th most populous country in the world)

Roman Catholic82.3%
Seventh Day Adventist1.1%
Other Christian3.4%


Fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir rope, boat building, printing, furniture, beverages

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Seychelles, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sc.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Seychelles as 87 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 114 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Seychelles.

In order to start a business in Seychelles, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Verify uniqueness of company name
  2. Deposit documents at Company Registry for stamp duty assessment
  3. Pay stamp duties at the Registry
  4. Obtain registration certificate
  5. File particulars of the directors and company and the registered office
  6. Obtain business license
  7. Register for taxes at the business tax office
  8. Register employees with social security division
  9. Register with Employment Services Bureau

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Seychelles, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.



Seychelles Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   


Seychelles Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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