Maldives

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The Maldives, or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India's Lakshadweep islands. The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, two hundred and fifty islands of which are inhabited. The inhabitants were Buddhist, probably since Ashoka's period, in the 3rd century BC and possibly Hindu before that. Islam was introduced in 1153. The Maldives then came under the influence of the Portuguese and the Dutch seaborne empires. In 1887 it became a British protectorate. In 1965, the Maldives obtained independence from Britain (originally under the name "Maldive Islands"), and in 1968 the Sultanate was replaced by a Republic. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of population. It is also the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world.

Established
1965-07-26
Joined Commonwealth
1982
Capital City
Male
Demonym
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Maldivian
Country motto
Size
115 square miles.
Population
396334
Population density
Based on figures from 2006.
1105 per square kilometre. (World ranking: 9)
GDP
At purchasing power parity based on figures from 2008
$1746000000 (World ranking:189)
Human Development Index
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0.741 (World ranking:100)
Currency Code
MRf
Country calling code
960
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