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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Maldives
conventional short form: Maldives
local long form: Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa
local short form: Dhivehi Raajje
Gevernment typerepublic
Capital name: Male
geographic coordinates: 4 10 N, 73 31 E
time difference: UTC+5 (10 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionred with a large green rectangle in the center bearing a vertical white crescent; the closed side of the crescent is on the hoist side of the flag
Currencyrufiyaa (MVR)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsMale
Agriculture productscoconuts, corn, sweet potatoes; fish
Industriesfish processing, tourism, shipping, boat building, coconut processing, garments, woven mats, rope, handicrafts, coral and sand mining
LocationSouthern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India
Coordinates3 15 N, 73 00 E
Area total: 300 sq km
land: 300 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline644 km
Climatetropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)
Terrainflat, with white sandy beaches
Natural resourcesfish
Natural hazardslow level of islands makes them very sensitive to sea level rise
Population359,008 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsSouth Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs
ReligionsSunni Muslim
LanguagesMaldivian Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

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