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  • Elephants Can't Jump

    Ensuring brand initiatives work in practice as well as in theory. To have marketplace impact, we believe every research assignment should consist of three elements consumer exploration or validation, within a competitive context, generating commercial outputs.
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  • Firefish Ltd

    29 full time staff, operating in all corners of the globe, on all manner of projects. No methodology is squashed to fit. We approach each brief with fresh eyes and minds, to make sure you get the most out of your research, helping your brand move forward.
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  • Grass Roots

    Grass Roots is one of Europe's largest performance improvement companies. Established in 1980, Grass Roots UK is the founding company of a group with offices and partners operating in 15 countries around the world.
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    In addition to Social Media Research (Web Listening) DigitalMRs solutions also include community panels, access panels, Web usability and a distinct focus on qualitativeresearch online.
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An Introduction to Seychelles

An island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean 1,500km off the coast of Africa. At 89,000, the Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state. See full country profile.

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Feb 6
Ipsos has appointed Ziad Issa as the new Media CEO in the MENA region, succeeding Elie Aoun who has decided to step down after 32 years at the company. Feb 6 2024
Jan 16
Insight and communities firm Verve has announced eighteen promotions across its locations in London, Manchester, Sydney, Iasi (Romania) and Johannesburg, including the appointment of Kim Howard as Semiotics Research Director. Jan 16 2024

0 current African jobs at present - sorry

Fast Facts
Map of Seychelles
CAPITAL: Victoria
AREA: 455 sq km
POPULATION: 89,188 (July 2011 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: French, English, Seychellois Creole

Touchã Turtle The Seychelles is home to the largest population of Aldabra Giant Tortoises in the world. Some of these tortoises are thought to be over 250 years old - however, this is difficult to verify as they do tend to outlive their human observers.

Although they are slow movers, they can move quickly when defending their young. They also stand on their back legs to feed on low hanging branches, risking being tipped onto their backs and being unable to right themselves.

Giant Tortoises are becoming more common as domestic pets and a baby can be bought for about $1,000.

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Seychelles in Profile

An island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean 1,500km off the coast of Africa. At 89,000, the Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state.

The first recorded European sighting of the Seychelles was in 1502 by Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, named the islands Amirantes (Islands of the Admiral) after himself. Used mainly as a transit point between Africa and Asia, the French began taking control in 1756, at which time the islands were renamed the Seychelles after Jean Moreau de Sechelles, Louis XV's minister of finance. In 1810 with little resistance the British took full control of the archipelago.In 1903, the Seychelles became a crown colony separate from Mauritius and the country gained independence as a republic within the Commonwealth in 1976. In 1977, a coup d'ãtat removed the first president, James Mancham, from power, replaced by France Albert Rene. The 1979 constitution declared a socialist one-party state that lasted until 1991. Constitutional reforms in 1992 led to him being democratically elected, he remained in power until 2004 when he was replaced by James Michel, the current president, who was re-elected in 2006.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $2.053 billion (2010 est.)

Religions Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)

Currency: Seychellois Rupee (SCR) - GBP1 = SCR 19.19

Telephone Code: +248

Overview of the Research Industry

MR Association(s):

The Seychelles MR Association (not really)

The Seychelles has no MR association. If you know differently, please get in touch!
Source: ESOMAR

Overview of Trade and Industry

During the plantation era, the chief exports of the Seychelles were cinnamon, vanilla and copra. Around 33% of the population worked in plantations. 1971 saw the rise of tourism with the opening of Seychelles International Airport, dividing the economy between plantations and tourism. Tourism paid better than traditional subsistence methods, and gradually tourism became the primary industry in the Seychelles.

Since independence in 1976, per capita output has grown to around seven times that of the older, near subsistence level - 30% of the population are employed in tourism. 3% of workers are still employed in agriculture. Since a serious dip in tourism in 1991-1992, the government are trying to reduce the dependence on tourism by encouraging other industries and the offshore financial sector. There has also recently been a huge amount of foreign investment focused on the development of real estate.

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