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Maldives, island nation in the Indian Ocean, consisting of around 2,000 coral islands (only 201 are inhabited) southwest of the southern tip of India. The capital Male is located on the island of the same name. The Maldivians are a mixed race of Arab-Indian and Indonesian descent. Fish, copra, coconuts and textiles are exported. The most important branch of business today is tourism.
History: Under the protection of the Dutch since 1645, the Maldives became a sultanate under British protection in 1887, independent in 1965, republic in 1968.
- COUNTRYAAH: National flag of Maldives. Includes the year when the flag was designed and formally used. Also covers its meaning and downloadable high definition image.
- Official name: Republic of Maldives
- ISO-3166: MV, MDV (462)
- Internet domain:.mv
- Currency: 1 Rufiyaa (Rf) = 100 Laari
- Area: 300 km²
- Population (2019): 531,000
- Capital: Male
- Official language (s): Divehi
- Form of government: Presidential republic
- Administrative division: 7 provinces and capital district
- Head of State: President Ibrahim Solih
- Religion (s): Muslims (Sunni)
- Time zone: Central European Time + 4 hours
- National Day: July 26th
Location and infrastructure
- Location (geographical): Indian Ocean
- Position (coordinates): between 7 ° 06 ‘north and 0 ° 42’ south latitude and 72 ° 33 ‘and 73 ° 44’ east longitude
- Climate: hot and humid monsoon climate
- Road network (2018): 93 km (paved)
- Annual population growth (2020): -0.1%
- Birth rate (2020): 16 per 1000 residents.
- Death rate (2020): 4.1 per 1000 residents.
- Average age (2020): 29.5 years
- Average life expectancy (2020): 76.4 years (men 74; women 78.9)
- Age structure (2020): 22.1% younger than 15 years, 4.8% older than 65 years
- Literacy rate (15-year-olds and older) (2016): 97.7%
- Mobile phone contracts (pre-paid and post-paid) (2018): 166 per 100 residents
- Internet users (2017): 63 per 100 residents
- GDP per capita (2019): US $ 15,563
- Total GDP (2019): US $ 5.786 billion
- GNI per capita (2019): US $ 9,650
- Education expenditure (2016): 4.1% of GDP
- Military expenditure: n / a
- Unemployment rate (15 years and older) (2019): 6.1%
The more than 1,100 islands of the Maldives, made of coral limestone, are located in the tropical waters of the southwest Indian Ocean on a submarine ridge running in a north-south direction. The numbers fluctuate as islands are constantly being destroyed by the sea and others are being formed by coral. They are grouped into 20 atolls – the term “atoll” is derived from the Maldivian word “atholhu” – and is spread over a distance of about 760 km (north – south) or 130 km (east – west). Only a few islands are longer than 2 km, most of them are nameless and only a part is inhabited. The tidal wave that followed the seaquake off Sumatra in December 2004 severely damaged or devastated almost 40 of the islands, which were only 2 m high, and more than 100 people were killed. The Maldives are one of the island states whose existence is threatened in the long term by rising sea levels as a result of climate change.
Climate and vegetation
The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate with average temperatures around 30 ° C and 1 900 mm of precipitation per year (capital Male: 2 055 mm), which is mainly brought about by the southwest monsoon. Annual precipitation increases from north to south within the archipelago. Two monsoon seasons can be distinguished: The southwest monsoon season (late April to mid-September) and the northeast monsoon season (October to April). The rainiest months are September to December with over 300 mm per month.
The vegetation on the almost sterile coral floor is very one-sided and consists mainly of coconut palms, there are also isolated fruit trees (mangos, papayas, etc.) and screw palms. The biodiversity underwater is all the greater.
Maldivian social, religious and cultural customs can be traced back to the same ethnic origin of the population. It is therefore the Indian area that has exercised the greatest influence on the islands of the archipelago, creating a cultural substratum on which Islam, starting from the twelfth century, and Western culture from the beginning of the twentieth century, first with the British rule and subsequently with the uninterrupted flow of tourists who stay here every year. Many of the festivals celebrated in the country are of Muslim origin, but also the Independence Day (July 26) and the Republic Day (November 11), with a strong folkloric impact, with parades, dances and traditional music., very similar to Indian dances, and the Bodu Beru clearly derived from East Africa. Peculiar notes of the local culture are the superstitious component, which pre-existed and joined the official religion and the practices of traditional medicine, probably of Chinese origin, similar to modern phytotherapy. Among the artistic expressions, the poetic compositions in the raivaru style, the oldest and most melodic of the genres, and in the bandhi style deserve a mention. The clothes (whose fabrics are precious and renowned for their composition and workmanship) have also remained typical of many of the population, especially in rural areas and the main constituents of food: fish, coconuts, millet and fruits of the bread tree. Where tradition is most easily “corrupted” for the benefit of new trends and mixes is in the capital Male. However, even here it is possible to find traces of the true Maldivian soul: in the mosques, such as the Hukuro Minsky, built in 1656, in the local handicraft markets (with colorful displays of stones, jewelry, coral and mother-of-pearl necklaces), in the National Museum, which houses the treasures of the sultan and numerous archaeological finds. A note of color is the record set by the Republic of Maldives with the opening of the first virtual embassy on the web, which took place in May 2007, a record that may appear unusual for a nation formed by an archipelago universally known above all for the sun, corals and the white beaches.