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Find here all unearthed facts about Maldives, including history, maps, tradition, people, language, cities, currency, government, economy and the like.

Important FAQ about Maldives
Where is Maldives?
The Republic of Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, and is also known as the Maldive Islands. It is neighbored by India and Sri Lanka and stands in the Laccadive Sea.

What is the capital of Maldives?
Founded as a trading post in the 16th century, Male is the capital of Maldives. It is the most populous city of the nation, with an estimated population of 103,693. It covers an area of 2.2351 square miles and is one of the administrative divisions of the country. Also known as 'Mahal', it is the epicenter of all commercial activities.

How big is Maldives?
The total area of Maldives is 115 square miles. It has an estimated population of 313,920.

What is the currency of Maldives?
The official currency of Maldives is Maldivian rufiyaa. Its ISO 4217 code is MVR. One rufiyaa is divided into 100 laari.

Which is the largest city of Maldives?
The capital of Maldives, Male, is the largest city of the country. It was the King's Island and was a walled city. The Royal Palace was destroyed when the city was restructured under President Ibrahim Nasir's rule. The city covers a total area of 2.2351 square miles.

What is the official language of Maldives?
The official language of Maldives is English and Dhivedi. English is popular in commerce and government schools. Dhivedi language is influenced by the ancient Sinhalese language.

What is the religion of Maldives?
The official language of Maldives is Islam. Practicing other religions openly is forbidden and liable to prosecution. It is ranked high among the countries that restrict freedom of religion.

What is the literacy rate of Maldives?
Literacy rate is high in Maldives. More than 96% of male population in Maldives is literate, while literacy rate among the female population is 96.4%. The total literacy rate of the country is 96.3%.

Who is the political leader of Maldives?
Mohamed Nasheed is the current president of Maldives. Mohammed Waheed Hassan is the current vice president. The president and the vice president were sworn in on November 11, 2008.

When is the National Day of Maldives celebrated?
The National Day of Maldives is celebrated on the 1st of Rabhi al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic Calendar. It commemorates the victory if Mohamed Thakurufaanu over the Portuguese. The celebrations are marked by parades and root marches.

What is the economy of Maldives like?
The economy of Maldives is heavily dependent on tourism. It is the largest industry and accounts for 28% of the GDP. The next largest is the fishing industry, which accounts for 10% of the GDP and employs 20% of the labor force. The GDP of the country is USD 817 million, while the per capita income is USD 2,483. Major agricultural outputs are coconut, banana, breadfruit, papayas, mangoes, taro, betel, sweet potatoes, and onions. Maximum trade flow is with UK, US, Sri Lanka, and Japan, while major import partners are Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Canada.

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