Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean made up of over 100 islands. The population of Seychelles is nearly 100,000, which makes it the smallest population of any Independent African country. The capital and largest city of Seychelles is Victoria.
A unique fact about Seychelles is that there are three official languages. Like many African nations, French and English are both spoken, but Seychellois Creole is also an official language.
- Aldabra, a group of islands that are part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, is the world’s largest raised coral atoll, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The white-throated rail, the Indian Ocean’s sole flightless bird, calls Aldabra home.
- The granitic islands of Seychelles are the oldest oceanic islands on earth.
- Seychelles is also home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the world. Her name is Esmeralda, and she weighs 670 pounds.
- Fish and shellfish dishes, often accompanied by rice are very popular. One common way of cooking any food in the country is wrapping it in banana leaves and then grilling it.
- Percussion-based music is very popular. Some types of music are called Moutya and Benga. Polynesian music is also very universally appreciated.
- Basketball is the most commonly played sport in the country. The sport has grown over the past decade. Seychelles sent a team to the 2015 African Games as well.