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Overview of Maldives


Officially name: Republic of Maldives

Capital: Malé

Official language: Dhivehi

Government: Presidential republic


The Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India's Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and (250 mi) south-west of India.


Total 298 km2 (206th)
Water (%) negligible


2010 estimate 396,334 (176th)
Density 1,036.9/km2 (11th)
2,866.9/sq mi

Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)

Time zone


Drives on the left

Internet TLD: .mv

Calling code: 960