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10 facts about Maldives

Posted on May 13, 2016
  • Maldivian archipelago is located at the heart of the Indian Ocean, crossing an equator in 700 km to the South West of Sri Lanka.

 

  • Over 99% of the Maldives (90,000 sq km) takes the ocean and less than 1% is a land with the total area of ​​298 sq.km.

 

  • Maldives became independent from the British in 1965, before they were also Portuguese and Dutch colony.

 

  • Maldives consists of 26 natural coral atolls united into 20 administrative atolls that include 1,190 islands and sandbanks. 400,000 population of the Maldives have been just enough to occupy only 187 of them and the rest are uninhabited. 106 Islands belong to Resort.

 

  • The highest point in the Maldives is located at the southern Addu atoll - just 2.4 meters above sea level, the longest island’s length is 8 km and the shortest - just 80m.

 

  • Speed boats, ferries, traditional local boat "dhoni" are running between islands and over long distances - airplanes, helicopters and seaplanes.

 

  • Male is the smallest capital of the world, it is located on the 3 islands: Male - the city center, Hulumale - airport island and Vilingili. The main island Male (2,5*1км) can be crossed on foot in 20 minutes.

 

  • Maldivian religion is Islam, which is practiced by 100% of Maldivians, other religions are officially prohibited. Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the local islands, you can find it only in resort islands.

 

  • Maldives is presidential republic. Key sectors of the economy are tourism and fishing. Local people are also employed in areas like tailoring, production of handicrafts (mats, rope), souvenirs, canned products, boat building, construction building.

 

  • Tourists from around the world travel to the Maldives to relax on the amazingly beautiful beaches and explore exciting scuba diving and snorkeling, fortunately the weather at the Maldives allows to enjoy it all year long!
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