After gaining independence from Britain in 1976 the country lurched from coup to attempted coup until multi-party electoral democracy was re-established in 1992. Today, Seychelles has the highest level of human development in sub-Saharan Africa with robust health care and education systems. Alongside nearby Mauritius, the small island nation has garnered attention in recent years as a tax haven and the site of several offshore bank accounts as revealed by the data leaks known as the ‘Panama Papers’ in 2016.