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Country Maldives


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Region Southern Asia
Area (sq km) 298
Area (sq mile) 116
Border (Islands) Arabian Sea, Laccadive Sea
Population 393,253
Nationality Maldivian(s)
Ethnic South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs
Religion Sunni Muslim
Language Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, derived from Arabic), English
Literacy 94%
Government Republic
Capital Male
Leader President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (since November 17, 2013); Vice President Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor (since July 22, 2015)
Currency Rufiyaa (MVR)
Independence Day July 26, 1965 (from United Kingdom)
National Holiday Independence Day (July 26, 1965)
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