The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, about 500 Km from the southern tip of both India and Sri Lanka. It is the ideal exotic tropical island paradise. Independent since 1965, and a republic since 1968, the Maldives is a member of the United Nations, the commonwealth and the non-aligned movement. It maintains a very cordial relationship with the international community.
Under the leadership of President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, the country is a champion of global peace and preservation of the environment. The population of the country currently stands at July 2013 est about 393,500. A common language (Dhivehi) and religion (Islam) unite the people into a cohesive, peaceful society. The country has been inhabited for at least 25 centuries.
The Maldives comprises of about more than 1190 islands grouped into atolls protected by surrounding coral reefs, which attracts various species of marine life. Coconut palms and tropical plants grow in abundance on most islands. The Maldives straddles the equator and has a tropical climate. The southwest monsoon brings the most of the rain, mostly around June and July. Normally, the skies are clear during the north east monsoon. As of the early 1970’s tourism has burgeoned in the Maldives. Surfers, divers, beach buffs, game fisherman and the sea lovers find the Maldives ideal. In this year 2016 Maldives Local Island Guest Houses is Increasing more and more which their will be an estimation of more than 150.
The Maldives has increasingly become extremely accessible, especially by air. Scheduled and charter flights operate on a regular basis from points of origin in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Visitors are issued thirty-day tourist visa on arrival for All countries.
Maldives at a glance
Official name of the country: Republic of Maldives
Location: Indian Ocean, about 500km from Sri-Lankaand India.
Geography: Coral islands grouped into atolls with fringing reefs
Area: 90,000 sq km
Political Status: Independent Republic
Capital: Male’ (1.77 sq km)
International Airport Male’ Ibrahim naasir International Airport
Literacy rate: 98.2%
Maldives standard time: +5 hrs GMT
Language: Dhivehi (English is widely spoken)
Currency: Rufiyaa (Rf. 1 = 100 Laari)
Exchange rate: 1US$ = 15.68 RF
Population: 393,500 (2013)
International dialing code: +960 Telecommunication organization (Dhiraagu and Wataniya)