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The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, about 500 km from the southern tips of both Sri Lanka and India. It is the ideal exotic tropical island paradise.

Independence 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 President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the country is a champion of global peace and preservation of the environment.

The population of the country currently stands at about 300,000 people. A common language (Dhivehi) and religion (Islam) unite the people into a cohesive, peaceful society. Tradition is valued though not at the expense of development and modernization. Maldivians are generally not race conscious. The country has been inhabited for at least 25 centuries.

The Maldivian comprise straddles the equator and has a tropical climate. The southwest monsoon brings 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 fishermen and the sea lovers find the Maldives as a paradise.

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 visas on arrival. Apart from normal Customs and Port Health formalities, nothing stands in the way of the inbound guest and his tropical holiday.

Location: The Maldives is a cluster of 1190 islands spread over 26 atolls, located on the equator, southwest of Sri Lanka. The capital of the country is Malé, which has a population of 110,000.

Local Time: GMT + 5 hours

Climte: Generally warm and humid, average temperatures are between 29 C and 32 C. The hot season is from March to April, and in April, calm, windless days are more likely to be experienced than at any other time of year.

Several weeks of strong winds and rain usually mark change of seasons. The wet season is from June to August.

Language: Dhivehi is the language of the Maldives, but English is also widely spoken by Maldivians. Resorts have employees that speak most languages including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.


Edited byishareef on 12.10.2008 ishareef on 07.10.2006 molnarzoli on 19.04.2006

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