With a population of approximately 90,000, the Republic of Seychelles is the least populous nation in Africa. The country is made up of 155 separate islands in the Indian Ocean and has significant tourism and fishing industries. Over the last few years, Seychelles has given increased political emphasis to developing its Blue Economy (maritime-based). Recently, licences for oil drilling have been granted in the Exclusive Economic Zone around the Seychelles.
The official languages of Seychelles are Seychellois Creole, English and French. It is a member of the Commonwealth, the Southern African Development Community, the Indian Ocean Commission and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.
Australia's diplomatic representation to Seychelles is from the High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius and the Seychelles is represented in Australia by an Honorary Consul-General.
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