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
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.