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Destination Maldives, a virtual travel guide to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The former sultanate Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean south west from India. The country consists of 1190 coral islands grouped into about 26 atolls spread over 90,000 square kilometers (only 1% land). About 200 islands are inhabited, of which about 90 islands have tourist resorts.

Read on to get more information about the Republic of Maldives in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.

You will have access to newspapers from the Maldives and you will find travel and tourism information for the islands.
Maldives Island
One of Maldives 1000 islands © Visit Maldives

Republic of Maldives | Dhivehi Raajje

Country Profile

Maldives Flag
Flag of Maldives

Background: A Nation of Islands.
The latest archaeological evidence suggests that the Maldives islands were first inhabited in around 1500 BC. It seems likely that the islands were first permanently settled by Aryan immigrants who are also believed to have colonised Sri Lanka at around the same time. Subsequent migrations from Southern India and Sri Lanka, served to further expand the population of the Maldives. Arab traders profoundly influenced Maldivian society and culture, the Maldives officially converted to Islam in 1153 AD..

The Republik of Maldives has strategic location astride and along major sea lanes.
The Maldives became a republic in 1968, three years after independence from Britain. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

geografically close to: India, Sri Lanka,
related countries: United Kingdom
where in the world are the Maldives

Official Name:
Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa
short form: Dhivehi Raajje
int'l long form: Republic of Maldives
int'l short form: Maldives

ISO Country Code: mv

Local Time = UTC +5h
Actual Time: Sat-May-27  22:34

Country Calling Code: +960

Capital City: Male'

Type: Republic.
Independence: 26 July 1965 (formerly a British protectorate).
Constitution: 11 November 1968.

Location: Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India.
Area: 298 kmĀ² (115 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Flat coral islands.

Climate: Hot and humid.

Nationality: Maldivian(s).
Population: 330,000 (2012).
Ethnic groups: South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs.
Religion: Sunni Islam.
Languages: Dhivehi (official); many government officials speak English.
Literacy: 98%.

Natural resources: Fish, corals.

Agriculture products: Coconuts, corn, sweet potatoes; fish

Industries: Tourism, fish processing, shipping, boat building, coconut processing, garments, woven mats, rope, handicrafts, coral and sand mining.

Exports partners: USA 32.1%, Thailand 17%, Sri Lanka 13.4%, Japan 10.7%, UK 9.8%, Indonesia 4.5% (2003)

Imports partners: Singapore 24.8%, Sri Lanka 13.8%, India 10.2%, Malaysia 7.6%, UAE 7.6%, Thailand 5.1% (2003)

Currency: Rufiyaa (MVR)

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Official Sites of Maldives

President's Office
President of the Republic of Maldives.

Republic of Maldives - the official website
Website maintained by the Ministry of Information, Arts & Culture.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maldives
Official website of the ministry.

Diplomatic Missions:
Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Maldives' representation to the UN.

Department of Meteorology
Beside other meteorological information the site offers a weather forecast for the Maldives.

Maldives Royal Family


 Map of Maldives
Political and administrative map of Maldives.
Google Earth Google Earth Maldives
Searchable map and satellite view of Maldives.
Google Earth Google Earth Male'
Searchable map and satellite view of the Maldives' capital.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.  

Maldives News

Dhivehi Observer
A news website that promotes freedom, democracy and rule of law in the Maldives.
Haveeru daily
Maldives news (in Divehi and English).
Miadhu daily
National news posts.
Minivan News
English-language news website.
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Arts & Culture

The National Museum of the Rep.of. Maldives
Site about the Museum.

National Centre for the Arts
The National Centre for the Arts provides information about upcoming cultural events in the Maldives.

National Art Gallery
The website of the National Art Gallery with information about exhibitions, collections, artists, and events.

National Library
Official website of the library. (in Divehi and partly English)

Maldives Culture
The Australian based site is an independent internet magazine of Maldivian cultural issues.
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Business & Economy

Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA)
Maldives Central Bank.
Bank of Maldives PLC
The leading bank in the Maldives.

Foreign Investment Services Bureau
Invest Maldives is a government agency promoting, regulating and licensing foreign investments in the country.

State Trading Organization PLC
State Trading Organization website.

Trans Maldivian Airways
Originally called Hummingbird Island Helicopters, TMA is the oldest Air transfer operator in the Maldives.

Maldives Airports Company
Government owned company.

Destination Maldives - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Maldives
1190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls spread over 90,000 sq km. Each atoll in the Maldives is made of a coral reef encircling a lagoon, with deep channels dividing the reef ring. A string of islands take their places among this atoll ring; each island has its own reef encircling the island lagoon. Get more information about hotels, island resorts, accommodation, surfing, diving, cruising, and dining by following sites.

great site Visit Maldives
Maldives travel information by the official site of the Ministry of Tourism.

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
The official website of the ministry offers also information about Maldives tourism.

A Maldives portal covering travel information, local business and social information.

Maldives Tourism
An information source for the Maldives travel and tourism.

The Maldive Isles
A Maldives visitor guide.

Letsgo Maldives
Offers Maldives information and travel packages.

Hotels in Maldives
Find a Hotel in Maldives.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Maldives Resorts
Maldives Resorts © Visit Maldives


Ministry of Education, Maldives
Official website of the ministry.

Maldives National University
The first university established in the Maldives in 2011 was previously known as the Maldives College of Higher Education.

Environment & Nature

Maldives Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed when Environmental Research Center and Maldives Water & Sanitation Authority was merged, the site provides also information about the fragile marine and terrestrial environment of the Maledives.


Maldives History
from Maldives Culture magazine.
Maldives History2
The Maldives Story
Four Eras of Maldivian History.
History of the Maldives
Wikipedia article about Maldives' history.

The National Museum of the Maldives
Site about Maldives' National Museum with a gallery and information on its collection.

National Centre for Linguistic and Historical Research
Maldives Center for Linguistic and Historical Research. (in Divehi and partly English)


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