Area 444 sq. km (171 sq. mi.)
Location Eastern Africa, group of about 115 islands scattered over 1.3 million square kilometers of the western Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.
Cities Capital: Victoria
Major Islands: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue
Terrain About half of the islands are of granitic origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges of hills
Climate Tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon; warmer season during northwest monsoon