Seychelles is one of the most developed and wealthiest countries on the African continent, located close to the Indian Ocean. The island nation is northeast of Madagascar and is an archipelago of 115 islands. The country gained independence from the British in 1976 and has also been influenced by the French. Most of the people live on the island of Mahé.
The nation's industries are tourism, fishing, and financial services. However, the country is slowly diversifying into other industries. Tourists come to Seychelles for beaches, clear water, watersports, and fishing. The rich and famous often travel to the islands. It is known as a luxury destination but is usually hard to spot.