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Archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, ruled since 1976 by Repiblik Sesel

Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean. The capital of the 115-island country, Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometers east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte (region of France), Madagascar, Réunion (region of France) and Mauritius to the south. With a population of roughly 94,000, it has the smallest population of any sovereign African country.

Geographical type: Archipelago

Latitude: 4.58° S — Longitude: 55.67° E

Area: 459 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: SC

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 7.84, Rank: 57, Personal Freedom: 7.99, Economic Freedom: 7.63
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.48, Rank: 36
Seychelles | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 68, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
In October 2015, President James Michel announced that the presidential election would be held early, in December, rather than in the first half of 2016. In a first for Seychelles, the opposition parties performed well enough in the first round to force a runoff election. Michel won the runoff by a narrow margin, leading opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan to challenge the results in court. The case was pending at year's end.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Seychelles" as of 4 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.