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ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ
Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa

FlagCoat of Arms
LanguageMaldivian (official)
PresidentAbdulla Yameen
Area115 sq. mi.
Population 2012328,536
GDP 2011$2.841 billion
GDP per capita$8,731
CurrencyMaldivian rufiyaa

The Maldives is a small archipelago nation located in the Indian Ocean, south of India. Its closest neighbor is Sri Lanka, and its capital is Malé. The nation is officially Islamic, and non-Muslims are not permitted to be citizens. The economy is supported mainly by tourism and fishing.

The country was a British protectorate, but has been independent since 1965.


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