Seychelles At 40: Everything You Need To Know About The African Island Country

With a population of 93,000, Seychelles has the smallest population of any independent African state.

The Southern African country gained its independence from the United Kingdom on June 29, 1976.

The British controlled the islands between 1794 and 1810. The nation won her independence as a republic within the Commonwealth.

Seychelles is a member of the African Union, the francophone Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), La Francophonie, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Commonwealth. (Wikipedia)

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Seychelles is an archipelago of about 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean. The Capital of this nation is Victoria. The Greater Victoria as often referred to consists of 8 islands.

Covering a 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa, the home of Islands is an incredible tourist destination. It is located northeast of Madagascar.

It is worthy to mention that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William & Catherine) spent their honeymoon in the beautiful eco-friendly African nation.

High profile personalities like George Clooney and spouse have as well patronized the nature goodness of its tropical rain forests.


This is one nation that takes its green environment very seriously. The government has come up with policies that encourage the protection and preservation of wildlife, land and natural resources. With a 50% total land area, the country has the highest percentage of land under natural conservation.

Did you know that Bird Island in the Seychelles is home to the world’s largest, oldest and heaviest land tortoise – Esmeralda? The Islands are home to over 75 endemic plant species. The marines have over 1,000 species of fish.

From historical events, the country is home to a number of cultures. It has a blend of African, Asian and European ancestry. This is most noticed in their cuisine, fashion and entertainment. French and English serve as their Lingua Franca.

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The most popular sport in the Seychelles is basketball.

Formal education only gained grounds in the 19th century with the coming of the Christian missionaries. Seychelles is largely a Christian nation with about 76.2% of the population who are Roman Catholics.

The nation was named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, the colonial administrative officer at the time.