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Maldives

The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Since 1978, President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM - currently in his sixth term in office - has dominated the islands' political scene. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government pledged to embark upon democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress has been slow, however, and many promised reforms have been delayed indefinitely. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 369,031 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Maldivian(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Maldivian

Official Language(s): Dhivehi

Major Languages Spoken: Dhivehi, English

Map of Maldives

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Republic of Maldives

Country Name (short form): Maldives

Country Name (local long form): Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa

Country Name (local short form): Dhivehi Raajje

Name of Capital: Male

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+5 (10 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Maldives: Sri Lanka

Land Area: 300 sq km

Comparative Area: about 1.7 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 644 km

National Holiday: Independence Day, 26 July (1965)

International Phone Code: 960

Currency Code: rufiyaa (MVR)

Internet Country Code: .mv

US Embassy Location: the US does not have an embassy in Maldives; the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka is accredited to Maldive

US Embassy Mailing Address: the US does not have an embassy in Maldives; the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka is accredited to Maldives and makes periodic visits there

 

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