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The Seychelles (pronounced /seɪˈʃɛl/ say-SHEL or /seɪˈʃɛlz/ say-SHELZ; French: [seʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1500 km (932 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar.
Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest. The Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state.
The Seychelles are closely tied to the RTFA and are considered a de facto member of the nation. The Seychelloise also maintain good relations with nearby Madagascar and Zanzibar. It is currently an observer in the League of Nations.
The Seychelles are a member of FIFA.