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Seychelles

Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 kmē and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million kmē in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. Seychelles is renowned for its pristine, natural environment. Several of Seychelles beaches are consistently voted as among the best in the world!

The official languages of the Seychelles are English French and Creole. It has a population of 83,000 of mixed ethnicity comprising of Indian, European, African and Chinese origins.

Before obtaining independence, Seychelles was a colony of the French and subsequently, a British colony. The Seychelles gained independence from the British in 1976, and has good political stability with a democratically elected Government and is a member of the Commonwealth.

The Seychelles economy is primarily comprised of tourism, commercial fishing and a thriving offshore financial services industry. Encouraged by favourable tax policies, inward investment has increased significantly over recent years, especially in the financial services sector, the hotel and resort industry and in luxury real estate developments.

For further information, please visit the government website www.virtualseychelles.sc.

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