The Seychelles is a country in the Indian Ocean to the northeast of Madagascar with a population of roughly 84,000. It consists of 115 islands which were named for the French Minister of Finance Jean Moreau de Séchelles when they fell under French control in 1756. Britain took control in 1810 and independence was granted in 1976.
The islands of the Seychelles are largely coral with a relatively humid climate; they are famous for their great natural beauty and protected species such as the giant tortoise. Tourism is one of the country’s main industries, the other being exports from the plantations of cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes and coconuts.