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The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral.

Languages: Maldivian Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

Ethnic Groups: South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs

Belief Systems: Sunni Muslim

Demographics:

Population: 332752 people (World Rank: 182nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 2892 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 13th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.31 %/yr (World Rank: 96th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 77.9 years (World Rank: 61st) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 23.6 years (World Rank: 123rd) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Maldives
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Maldives

Maldives - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Maldives

Wikipedia Entry for Maldives

Current News in Maldives

Maldives - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Maldives

Maldives - Facts and Information 2
The World Factbook Entry for Maldives<

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Maldives 1
from travelnotes.org

Traveling to Maldives 2

Events in Maldives

Travel Guide for Maldives
Wikitravel Entry for Maldives<

Language Resources:

Dhivehi Phrasebook

Government Related:

Embassy of Maldives
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Maldives
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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