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The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago consisting of some 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, about 1,000 miles off the coast of East Africa. The capital, Victoria, is located on the largest island, Mahé, where more than 85% of the population lives. Seychelles is a member of the African Union (AU) and lies in a strategic sea-lane between Africa and Asia.

The islands had no indigenous population. Most Seychellois are of mixed French-African descent, with small minority groups of Indian and Chinese. The national languages are Seychellois Creole, French, and English.

History

The earliest inhabitants of Seychelles are thought to have been Maldivian and Arab traders who visited the uninhabited islands. The earliest known European sighting was by Portuguese admiral Vasco da Gama in ...

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