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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Maldives

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +5
  • Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Currency: Rufiyaa (Rf)
  • Country Dialing Code: 960

Maldives

Location
Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India

Capital
Male

Population
349,106 (July 2005 est.)

Regions
19 atolls (atholhu, singular and plural) and the capital city*; Alifu, Baa, Dhaalu, Faafu, Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Kaafu, Laamu, Lhaviyani, Maale* (Male), Meemu, Noonu, Raa, Seenu, Shaviyani, Thaa, Vaa

Climate
tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)

Ethnic groups
South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs

Religions
Sunni Muslim

Languages
Maldivian Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

Government type
republic

Background
The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Since 1978, President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM - currently in his sixth term in office - has dominated the islands' political scene. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government have pledged to embark upon democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

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