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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William McAteer - the Seychelles historian awarded a special honour by Her Majesty the Queen ...

Nation 22 Jan 2022
Latterly, as he started writing the history of Seychelles and publishing his books, he used me as a sounding board for ideas ... On first visiting his house, I was blown away by his extensive collection of Seychelles history books, most of which are long out of print and filled with the fascinating insights of past travellers....

Royal honour for Seychelles historian William McAteer |14 January 2022

Nation 14 Jan 2022
The award is in recognition for his work in researching and documenting the history of the Seychelles ... His books were published between 1991 and 2014 ... The book covers the period of Seychelles history from independence to 2020, a turbulent period in the nation’s history ... His last book will be dedicated “For Seychelles, my adopted country”....

Author of ‘Jasper’ series releases four new books |13 January 2022

Nation 13 Jan 2022
In June last year, Seychelles NATION ran a story about Audrey Lavigne, a young Seychellois author who, through her books, make people discover about Seychelles through her main character ‘Jasper’ – her dog. When we wrote about her, at that time, Ms Lavigne had written three books....

Micro review: 'Annihilation Road' by Christine Feehan

The Times of India 12 Jan 2022
'Annihilation Road' by New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan is the sixth book in the 'Torpedo Ink' series ... This book series is about an outlaw motorcycle club in Sea Haven-Casper ... 'Annihilation Road' is Savin “Savage” Pajari, and singer Seychelle Dubois’s storyline ... How critics view the book.....

Seychelles records US $268m from January to November 2021 from visitor earnings |11 January 2022

Nation 11 Jan 2022
From January to November 2021, Seychelles recorded a sum of US $268 million from visitor earnings ... 114,858 visitors arrived in Seychelles ... Meanwhile with the new Covid-19 variant, booking cancellations are affecting many countries and Seychelles has unfortunately not been spared....