The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, which stretches on either side of the Equator. The country is made up of 1192 islands that stretch over a length of 871 kilometers. While the country covers an area of about 90,000 square kilometers, only 298 square kilometers of this area is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls.
Geography and Environment
The unique geography of the country fascinates its visitors. One will find a chain of about 1,192 small coral islands and sandbanks grouped into double chains of 26 atolls. Only 200 islands are inhabited - the rest are where Eco-tourism and agriculture (land and water) are situated. With its human exclusivity and vast expanse of sandy beaches, lagoons, and tropical plants imaginable to man, Maldives is the most excellent choice of destination for the most simple to the most extravagant.
Culture and People
The Maldives has developed its distinct culture and traditions brought by a very diverse group of ethnicity who visited and traveled the island over time. One will find bits and pieces of Indian, African, Arab, and Sri Lankan culture in every part of the country. The diverse traits of the people are evident not just physically but also in how they deal with others.
The Maldivian language is Dhivehi, an Indo-Aryan language with its origins in Sanskrit. English is the second language w...
Islam is the state religion of the Maldives. According to records, the country becomes Islamic in 1152 AD. The culture of the Maldives is based on Islamic Sharia law, thus making religion an integral part of life in the country.
The Maldives has one of the most delicate environments anywhere on the planet. Coral reefs are the foundation of the islands. They offer protection to the tiny islands as its natural defense system, and the country’s economy depends heavily on the health of its reefs and ecosystems.