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Republic of Maldives

Geography
 

The Republic of Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean about 417 mi (671 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. Its 1,190 coral islets stretch over an area of 35,200 sq mi (90,000 sq km). With concerns over global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level.

National name: Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa

President: Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

Total area: 116 sq mi (300 sq km)

Population (2007 est.): 369,031

Capital : Malé, 81,600

Currency: Rufiya

Languages: Maldivian Dhivehi (official); English spoken by most government officials

Ethnicity/race: South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs

Religion: Islam (Sunni)