Imports$873.5 million (2011 est.)
Exports$495.1 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)2.6% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate2% (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$25,000 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate3.5% (2010 est.)
Internet users32,000 (2008)
Telephones - mobile cellular117,600 (2009)
Population growth rate0.922% (2012 est.)
Population90,024 (July 2012 est.)
A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter.
Independence came in 1976.
Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993....
Since independence in 1976, per capita output in this Indian Ocean archipelago has expanded to roughly seven times the pre-independence, near-subsistence level, moving the island into the upper-middle income group of countries.
Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labor force and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings, and by tuna fishing.
In recent years, the government has encouraged foreign investment to upgrade hotels and other services....
Over the period 2016-2020 the economy is expected to grow on average by 3.8%. This compares to average annual growth of 6.9% in the years 2011 to 2015. The current account deficit is forecast to be 9.0% ...