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The living room often was filled with furniture and seldom was used, as most social life took place outdoors. The typical town house had a general Victorian form, but both the roof and the walls might be made of corrugated iron sheets.
With the decline of the plantation sector and agriculture in general the traditional lay out of the courtyards are disappearing. Upper-class Creoles eat meals that consist of both fish and meat.
The government that gained power through a coup in 1977 had Marxist leanings and used rhetoric appropriate to that ideology.
The country has used a national rhetoric of development and the pioneering spirit, especially in regard to the development of the outer islands. The country was not inhabited when Europeans discovered and settled the islands.
The administration did not permit the importation of Indian indentured laborers.
The country has a large number of native species, especially birds and plants. The population was 79,164 in 1999 and is growing slowly as a result of out-migration. The official languages are Seychelles Creole, French, and English.
A typical drink is palm wine, fermented sap tapped from coconut palm fronds. There are no specific foods for ceremonial occasions, but meat is preferred. In a land-based plantation economy, copra and in some periods cinnamon and vanilla were the main exports.
In 1960, about a third of the economically active population worked on plantations, and about 20 percent in the public sector.
After the opening of the international airport in 1971, tourism became important.
Segmentation of the economy into the tourism and plantation sectors developed. There was little scope for expansion of the plantation economy or for increases in wages, since the wage-paying potential was fixed by international prices of plantation crops.