The Republic of Seychelles has an estimated population of 87,300 (UN, 2010). The capital is Victoria. The Seychelles has an area of 455 sq km (176 sq miles). The main languages are English, French, and Creole.
Soon after gaining its independence in 1976, the stability of the Seychelles was shaken by coups, and invasion of mercenaries with nearly 10,000 internally displaced people. Seychelles has the highest standard of living in Africa and its economy depends heavily on tourism.
Seychelles is one of the rare African countries where women’s rights and equalities are enshrined in the constitution and implemented in society.