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Destination Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives, a southern Asian chain of coral islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean. The atolls formed atop submarine mountain ridges. The island nation shares maritime borders with India, Sri Lanka and the British Indian Ocean Territory (UK).

One of the world’s most dispersed countries is made up of about 1200 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls spread over an area of 90,000 km², that’s about the size of Portugal, or an area slightly larger than that of the U.S. state of Minnesota. But the smallest Asian country covers a land area of just 298 km², making it about the size of Malta or less than twice the size of Washington DC.

The Maldives has a population of about 347,000 inhabitants (in 2015). Capital and largest city is Male. Spoken language is Maldivian (Dhivehi), an Indo-Aryan language, spoken almost exclusively on the Maldives. Main religion is Islam (Sunni Muslim 98.4%)

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

Political system
The Maldives are a presidential representative democratic republic. Chief of state, head of government, and commander-in-chief of the Maldives National Defense Force is the president. The supreme legislative authority in the country is the People’s Majlis, the parliament. Maldives’ legal system is based on Islamic law with admixtures of English common law primarily in commercial matters. In 2008 a new constitution paved the way for first multi-party presidential elections. In October 2016 the Maldives announced to leave the Commonwealth.
The constitution and other laws and policies restrict religious freedom and, in practice, the government enforced these restrictions. Restrictions were not enforced for foreign tourists on “uninhabited” resort islands.

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.

People’s Majlis
The Parliament of the Republic of Maldives.

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.
Maldives Embassies
List of Embassies of the Republic of Maldives.

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

Arts & Culture
The National Museum of the Maldives
Information 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.


 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.

The Maldives.com
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.

Travel
Letsgo Maldives
Offers Maldives information and travel packages.

Business & Economy
Tourism is the largest industry in the Maldives, accounting for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives’ foreign exchange receipts.

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.

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

Maldives Airports Company
Government owned company.

Education
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.

History
Maldives History
from Maldives Culture magazine.
Maldives History2
from Maldives.com
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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