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ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ
Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa

Capital Malé
Government Republic
Language Maldivian (official)
President Abdulla Yameen
Area 115 sq. mi.
Population 540,000 (2020)
GDP 2011 $2.841 billion
GDP per capita $8,731
Currency Maldivian 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.