Seychelles is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) east of mainland Africa. Seychelles has the smallest population of any other state on the African continent. Since independence in 1976, per capita output has expanded to roughly seven times the old near-subsistence level. Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labor force and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings, and by tuna fishing. Homosexuality is illegal in Seychelles and the penalty is a fine and/or 2 years in jail, but this is rarely enforced unless there is a public nuisance or coercion. Most people hide the fact that they are gay and only confide in close friends. Mostly people here prefer to mind their own business.
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