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Maldives

Physical Map of Maldives

Physical Map of Maldives showing its atolls and the capital of Male.
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Maldives is an archipelagic nation with a total land area of 298 sq. km in the Indian Ocean. It is Asia's smallest country. Here, over 1,110 islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls. The islands of the country are dispersed across about 90,000 sq. km of the ocean. This fact makes Maldives one of the world's most geographically dispered nations.

The double chain of atolls of Maldives can be observed on the physical map of the country above. They lie across the Equator on both the Northern and Southern hemispheres of the Earth.

The atolls of Maldives sit atop a submarine ridge. This ridge rises from the bed of the ocean and runs for 960 km (600 mi) in the north-south directions. The atolls are composed of sand bars and live coral reefs.

Gan is the country's largest island and is located in the Laamu Atoll. 

The topography of each of the islands vary from mostly sand to marshy wetlands.

Its highest point, an unnamed point on Wilingili Island, is only 7.87 ft. (2.4 m); while its lowest is the Indian Ocean (0 m).

Atolls of Maldives Map

The Political Map of Maldives displaying its 21 atolls.
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Maldives can be divided into 21 administrative atolls (atholhuthah, singular - atholhu). In alphabetical order, they are as follows:

Addu (Addu City), Ariatholhu Dhekunuburi (South Ari Atoll), Ariatholhu Uthuruburi (North Ari Atoll), Faadhippolhu, Felidhuatholhu (Felidhu Atoll), Fuvammulah, Hahdhunmathi, Huvadhuatholhu Dhekunuburi (South Huvadhu Atoll), Huvadhuatholhu Uthuruburi (North Huvadhu Atoll), Kolhumadulu, Maale (Male), Maaleatholhu (Male Atoll), Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi (South Maalhosmadulu), Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi (North Maalhosmadulu), Miladhunmadulu Dhekunuburi (South Miladhunmadulu), Miladhunmadulu Uthuruburi (North Miladhunmadulu), Mulakatholhu (Mulaku Atoll), Nilandheatholhu Dhekunuburi (South Nilandhe Atoll), Nilandheatholhu Uthuruburi (North Nilandhe Atoll), Thiladhunmathee Dhekunuburi (South Thiladhunmathi), Thiladhunmathee Uthuruburi (North Thiladhunmathi)

Located at the Kaafu Atoll's southern edge, Male is the capital and largest city of Maldives.

Where is Maldives?

Where is Maldives?
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The Maldives is an island country of South Asia located in the Arabian Sea region of the Indian Ocean. It is located about 700 km (430 mi) off the coast of mainland Asia and to the southwest of India. The islands of Maldives straddles the Equator with parts of the country lying in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres of the Earth. 

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Outline Map of Maldives

Blank Outline Map of Maldives

The above map of represents the islands of Maldives, a country in the Indian Ocean with picturesque landscapes and stunning beaches. The map can be downloaded, printed, and used for map-pointing activities, etc.

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Outline Map of Maldives

A stretch of islands and atolls of various sizes in the Arabian Sea portion of the Indian Ocean comprise the country of Maldives. The outline map above represents this island nation.

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Key Facts

Legal Name Republic of Maldives
Capital City Male
4 10 N, 73 30 E
Independence 26 July 1965 (from the UK)

Geography

Total Area 298 km2
Land Area 298 km2
Water Area 0 km2
Total Border 0 km
Coastline 644 km
Climate Tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (november to march); rainy, southwest monsoon (june to august)
Coordinates 3 15 N, 73 00 E
Mean Elevation 2 m
Lowest Elevation 0 m
Indian Ocean
Highest Elevation 5 m
8th tee, golf course, Villingi Island

Demographics

Population 530,953
Ethnic Groups homogeneous mixture of Sinhalese, Dravidian, Arab, Australasian, and African resulting from historical changes in regional hegemony over marine trade routes
Languages Dhivehi (official, dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English (spoken by most government officials)
Religions Sunni Muslim (official)

Economy

Currency rufiyaa (MVR)
GDP $5.73 Billion
GDP Per Capita $10,790.50
Exports Fish

This page was last updated on September 16, 2020

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