Maldives – World Atlas: Kids Encyclopedia

Maldives: World Encyclopedia for Students and Children

System of government: Republic
Capital: Male
Location: An island nation formed by some 2,000 coral islands in the north-eastern Indian ocean. Only about 220 islands are inhabited
Area: 298 sq km
National composition: Maldivians
Religion: Islam
Official language: Divehi (Maldive)
Currency: Maldive rupee (ruiyaa) = 100 laaris
Administrative divisions: 19 districts
Climate: Tropical, monsoon type

The economy of the Maldives depends on fishing, the production of copra, bananas, citrus fruits and rice, and tourism, which is steadily expanding. Craftsmen make boats, fishing nets, matting and baskets from local materials.

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