Seychelles is one of the smallest independent countries in the world. It is an archipelago of some 115 islands scattered over 1 million square kilometers of sea in the middle of the western Indian Ocean. The country's total land area is only 455 square kilometers (177 square miles), and there is very limited cultivable land. There are no known mineral resources.
It is a "minuscule economy", whose GDP* in 2011 is 13,118.90 million SR* (equivalent to USD 1,059.7 million) it is "insignificant compared with that of most countries".
In spite of severe constraints imposed upon the Seychelles economy by its limited resources and geographical isolation, the economic situation of the Seychelles is one that many developing countries could envy. Even at 150,031 rupees (equivalent to USD12,119) in 2011, its GDP per capita* is the highest in Africa.