Ten fun facts about Maldives


Fact 1
The official name is the Republic of Maldives. The capital and largest city of Maldives is Male which is the epicenter of all commercial activities.

Fact 2
Maldives has 1199 coral islands, grouped in twenty-six major atolls and spread over an area of about 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the smallest countries in Asia.

Fact 3
The official currency of Maldives is called Maldivian Rufiyaa and Laari.


Fact 4
The official languages are Divehi and English. The official religion of Maldives is Islam. It is ranked high among countries that restrict freedom of religion.

Fact 5
The major ethnic groups are South Indian, Sinhalese and Arabs. Literacy rate is high at 96.3%.

Fact 6
The legislature is a unicameral body called the People’s Majlis.

Fact 7
Tourism and fishery form the two major industries supporting the Maldivian economy. The other major industries are shipping, boat building and coconut processing.

Fact 8
Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world. More than 80% of the total land component is comprised of coral islands that rise less than 1 meter above sea level. The highest point in the entire country is 2.4 m in elevation.

Fact 9
The climate of Maldives is tropical with temperatures ranging between 75⁰F and 91⁰F. The northeast monsoon is from November to March and the southwest monsoon and rainy season is from June to August.

Fact 10
Major agricultural outputs are coconut, breadfruit, banana, papayas, mangoes, betel, taro, sweet potatoes and onions. Maldives exports fish and imports petroleum products, ships, foodstuffs, clothing, intermediate and capital goods.


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Short about Maldives
Is located in the Laccadive Sea, Indian Ocean and neighbored by India and Sri Lanka.


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Population
317,280

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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