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.

Latest News for: Seychelles weather


2021 home décor trends that Seychellois will love, according to our new local interior designer ...

Nation 19 Jan 2021
Living in the Seychelles means that we have good weather all year round, so instead of using small windows, consider tall sliding or shutter doors that will not only open up your space, but also bring in an abundance of natural light into your homes....

Highlights of tourism department in 2020 | 31 December 2020

Nation 31 Dec 2020
This development of Seychelles’ tourism satellite account comes at an opportune time following Seychelles becoming a member as well as assuming vice chairmanship of the UNTWO committee on statistics, a subsidiary advisory body of the UNWTO executive council ... Seychelles’ sustainable tourism label and product diversification....

The Seychelles Islands – an untapped paradise – open to Israelis

The Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2020
The Republic of Seychelles has recently opened its doors to Israelis looking for some time off in serene weather conditions and a dream-like environment that will convince anyone they’ve somehow made it to paradise ... The archipelagic island country of Seychelles consists of 115 small islands in the Indian Ocean....

Government scraps 13th month pay for 2020 | 18 November 2020

Nation 18 Nov 2020
To weather these “turbulent times”, President Ramkalawan stated that Seychelles has already entered into negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to assist Seychelles, via an economic programme, in addressing public debt, price stability and balance of payments....

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