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Republic of Maldives

Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa

Location an archipelago of about 2,000 coral islands that begins about 370 miles (595 kilometers) south of India

Maldives on the map

map of Maldives

Total Area 115 sq mi (298 sq km)
Highest Point on Wilingili Island; 80 ft (24 m) above sea level
Lowest Point
sea level
Natural Resources fish

Nationality Maldivian
Population (July 2015 est)
393,253
Ethnic Groups South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs
Religions Sunni Muslim (official)
Languages Dhivehi (official), English

Capital Male
Form of Government republic
Present Constitution Adopted August 7, 2008
Chief of State and Head of Government
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (since November 17, 2013)
Cabinet Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the President
Legislature unicameral People's Council (People's Majlis)
Judiciary
Supreme Court, High Courts, Trial Courts
Administrative Divisions
7 provinces, 1 municipality

Currency Rufiyaa
Per Capita Income
$14,400
Industries tourism, fish processing, shipping, boat building, coconut processing, garments, woven mats, rope, handicrafts, coral and sand mining
Agricultural Products coconuts, corn, sweet potatoes; fish
Export Commodities fish
Import Commodities petroleum products, ships, foodstuffs, clothing, intermediate and capital goods

Independence from the United Kingdom Achieved July 26, 1965
National Holiday Independence Day, July 26
Flag red with a large green rectangle in the center bearing a vertical white crescent moon; red recalls those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of their country, the green rectangle represents peace and prosperity, and the white crescent signifies Islam

flag of Maldives

SEE ALSO
India

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