Coordinates: 4°35′S 55°40′E / 4.583°S 55.667°E / -4.583; 55.667

Seychelles (i/sˈʃɛlz/ say-SHELZ; French: [sɛʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.

Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state; however, it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.


The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

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New book on Chinese community in Seychelles officially launched |03 December 2022

Nation 03 Dec 2022
The event was graced by the presence of Mu Jian Feng from the Chinese embassy, the vice-chancellor of UniSey Joelle Perreau, the chairman of the Chinese Association of Seychelles Robert Chong Seng, representatives of the main Chinese families in the book, and most management of the UniSey and some lecturers from the UniSey....

British-Seychellois historian William McAteer passes away |03 December 2022

Nation 03 Dec 2022
Mr McAteer is renowned for publishing four books documenting Seychelles’ history since its discovery in 1700s to 2020. The books – published between 1991 and 2014 – are entitled ‘Rivals in Eden’ (1742-1810), ‘Hard Times in Paradise’ (1827-1919), ‘To be a Nation’ (1920-1976) ... Seychelles NATION conveys its deepest condolences to his family....

RAMPAGE 4 - Seychelles gears up for its fourth major independent music festival |26 November 2022

Nation 26 Nov 2022
Seychelles’ fourth music festival organised by HYPE DXB & TMD gets under way at 6pm today at the NSC hall and brings together the biggest names in world’s DJ with Tim Westwood from London, DJ EKG from Slovakia, and Dubai-based Scottie B Tino Kissi ... It is his first time to Seychelles....

First book on Chinese community in Seychelles launched |24 November 2022

Nation 24 Nov 2022
A first book on the Chinese community in Seychelles entitled ‘Orient and Ocean’ has been published. The writing of this book is the result of research undertaken by Wang Dongxia, director of the Confucius Institute, and Emeritus Professor Dennis Hardy of the James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute at the University of Seychelles....

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