Skip to main content


Flag of Seychelles


The Republic of Seychelles is an Indian Ocean state made up of 155 separate islands spread over 457 square kilometres. It has a population of around 99,000 (2022). It gained independence from Britain in 1976. The official languages are Seychellois Creole, English and French.

Seychelles has had regular democratic elections since the current President Wavel Ramkalawan was elected in 2020, the first such elections since the 1977 coup.

Seychelles' economy relies heavily on tourism and fishing. With an Exclusive Economic Zone of approximately 1.3 million square kilometres, its blue economy sector is growing in importance.

Seychelles is a member of the Commonwealth, the Southern African Development Community, the Indian Ocean Commission and the Indian Ocean Rim Association. It plays an active role in anti-piracy in the Indian Ocean, hosting the Indian Ocean Commission’s Maritime Security Coordination Centre. Australian and Seychellois defence and security agencies have cooperated on countering piracy and transnational crime. It also hosts the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.

Australia and the Seychelles established diplomatic relations in 1976. Australia's diplomatic representation to Seychelles is from the High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Economic and trade information

Travel information

Heads of Government

Embassies and consulates




Back to top