After an ominous, post-independence start which included a coup, an invasion by mercenaries, an abortive army mutiny and several coup attempts, the Seychelles have attained stability and prosperity.
Today the Indian Ocean archipelago enjoys a high per capita income, good health care and education.
The former British colony’s economy depends heavily on the fishing industry and upmarket tourism. Fine beaches and turquoise seas are among the main attractions.
Seychelles also is home to an array of wildlife, including giant tortoises and sea turtles. Much of the land is protected as part of nature reserves.
- Republic of Seychelles
- Capital: Seychelles
- Population 87,400
- Area 455 sq km (176 sq miles)
- Major languagesEnglish, French, Creole
- Major religionsChristianity
- Life expectancy 68 years (men), 78 years (women)
- Currency Seychelles rupee