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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Former Minister St Ange’s biography to debut in Bali on September 30 |23 September 2023

Nation 23 Sep 2023
The book provides insights into the challenges he faced, his dedication to preserving Seychelles' heritage, and his unwavering commitment to the tourism industry. Dr Nico Barito, special envoy of Seychelles for ASEAN, contributes a heartfelt foreword to the book, recounting his ......

Condolence book for flood victims opens at the Libyan embassy |23 September 2023

Nation 23 Sep 2023
On behalf of President Wavel Ramkalawan, the government, and people of Seychelles a ... Members of the diplomatic corps based in Seychelles also signed the book during the week....

National Library to be operational soon |07 September 2023

Nation 08 Sep 2023
With regard to books, Ms Kalebi said a lot is needed for the place and so far they have purchased a huge amount from the world’s biggest floating book fair, Logos Hope, while it was on a one-week stop in Seychelles port, in August....

11th Indian Ocean Islands Games: Women’s volleyball final |04 September 2023

Nation 04 Sep 2023
Seychelles re-write history, upset hosts Madagascar for fourth consecutive title ... Seychelles started their quest in 1998 in St Denis, Reunion during the fifth Games where the ladies won their first title, beating the hosts 3-2, before successfully defending their title at the sixth Games in 2003 in Mauritius, defeating Madagascar 3-0 in the final....

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