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The Maldives are a group of islands making up a small country to the south of mainland Asia.

The Maldives are surrounded by the Indian Ocean.

The land is flat.

The geographical coordinates for the centre of Maldives, also known as lines of latitude and longtitude, are:-
Latitude - 3 15N
Longitude - 73 00E


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maldives The Maldivian flag is red with a large green rectangle in the centre. In the centre of the rectangle is a white crescent moon, the closed side toward the flag pole.

The capital of The Maldives is Male.

The Maldives is a presidential republic with a president as head of state and as head of the government.

In elections everyone over the age of 18 can vote.

The currency in The Maldives is the rufiyaa.

Dhivehi is the official language.

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These are the anthem words


We have already written our own history of England but are asking schools in The Maldives to provide us with a detailed history of their own country. Check how here.

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The total land area of The Maldives is 238 sq kms which is the 50th largest in Asia.

The Maldives has no lakes, rivers and canals.

The Maldives has no boundaries with other countries.

The Maldives has a coastline of 644 kms which is the 24th longest in Asia.

The highest point in The Maldives is the 8th tee on the golf course on Villingi Island at 5 metres.

The pie chart below shows how the land is split between agricultural land (crops and pastures), forests and other, which can be towns, villages, desert or frozen waste called tundra. maldives

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The total population of The Maldives is 392,960 people, making it the 49th largest country in Asia by population.

Of this number 176,215 are females and 216,745 are males.

A person from The Maldives is called a Maldivian.

To be a citizen of The Maldives, one of your parents must be a citizen of The Maldives. It is not sufficient to be born in The Maldives. We do not know for how long you have to live in The Maldives before you can begin to apply for citizenship.

The largest five cities in The Maldives, by population are:-

  • Malé 103,693 people
  • Fuvahmulah 11,140
  • Hithadhoo 9,927
  • Kulhudhuffushi 9,500
  • ThinadhooIasi 6,376
For each country we will give you a diagram showing the population density. This is the average number of people for each square kilometre. maldivesEach little Owlbut is 1 person and the big yellow rectangle is 1 sq km. After a while you can compare countries and see which ones are the most crowded. Remember it is only an average as more people live closer together in towns and cities than in villages out in the country.


45.5% of the people live in cities or towns.

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The birth rate in The Maldives is 16.0 births per 1,000 of population

The death rate in The Maldives is 3.9 deaths per 1,000 people.

Check this against the birth rate. If the death rate is higher than the birth rate then the population will decrease unless immigrants arrive in the country.

There are 20.4 deaths of girls under 1 year per 1,000 of births and 25.2 deaths of boys.

The median age for females is 28.3 and for males is 28.1. The median age is that age which divides the population exactly in half so there are the same number of people above the median age as below it.

The average age of a woman when she has her first child is 23.9.

The elderly dependency ratio is 5.7. This is the number of elderly people (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64).

The potential support ratio is 17.7. This is the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) per one elderly person (ages 65+). As a population ages, the potential support ratio tends to fall, meaning there are fewer potential workers to support the elderly.

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The Maldives spends 13.7% of its total income on health care.

There are 1.42 doctors per 1,000 people.

There are 4.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people.

8.6% of the population are estimated as obese.

99.5% of the urban population and 97.9% of the rural population have drinking water that is either piped into their home or they have access to a public tap, a protected borehole, well, spring or protected rainwater collection facility.

97.5% of the urban population and 98.3% of the rural population have access to a flushing toilet that is connected to a sewer. a pit latrine (that is a permanent hole in the ground that is looked after) or a composting toilet.


The Maldives releases 1.20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels in the process of producing and consuming energy. This puts it as the 42nd highest in Asia.

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The Maldives spends 5.7% of its total income on education.

Children usually start school at age 6 in The Maldives. Primary education is for seven years until age 13 and secondary education can continue till 18. This may be followed by further education at a university or college. There is no compulsory education.

Generally the school year consists of 2 terms and starts in the second week of January and finishes at the end of November. There is usually a 1 week break in March, June and August.

98.8% of females and 99.8 of males are able to read and write by the age of 15.

12.4% of all people aged between 16 and 24 are not in work. Among females 12.3% are unemployed while with males 12.5% can't find work.

The total number of people available for work in The Maldives is 195,100.

maldivesThey work in the following sectors.

  • Agriculture includes farming, fishing and forestry work
  • Industry includes mining, manufacturing, construction and energy workers
  • Services is everything else
11.6% of the workforce are unemployed.

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There are 7 paved airports in The Maldives, which is the 41st highest number in Asia.

There are no railways in The Maldives.

There are 88 kilometres of roads in The Maldives, which means The Maldives is in 49th place for the most kilometres of roads in Asia.

There are 2 major national newspapers in The Maldives.

There are 812,128 mobile phone users.

5% of the people have a fixed landline.


232,210 people have access to the internet at home via any device (computer or mobile).

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