The republic of Maldives, a low lying archipelago of small Islands in the Indian Ocean. Maldives is located in the laccadive sea, approximately 700 kilometers south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometers south-west of India. The country is made up of 1,192 Islands scattered in an area of about 118,000 square km. All these islands are flat terrains with an average elevation of 1.2 meters above sea level. Of these islands only about 200 islands are inhabited. Positioned in the equatorial region, the country’s climate is sub-tropical.
|Birds eye view of Maldivian islands|
|Map of Maldives|
Official language: Dhivehi
Legislature: People's Majlis
Independence from United Kingdom: 26 July 1965
Time Zone: UTC + 5
Calling code: 960