Interesting facts about Maldives

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The Maldives are an Asian country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. The beautiful scenery of islands and atolls have made this country a popular holiday destination. Below you can find a few interestings about them

  1. The Maldives extends in the Indian Ocean to approximately 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles). They consist of 1192 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls

  2. The capital of Male “is home” to more than 100,000 people and the remainder of the population lives in another 199 islands. Most of the islands have a population of less than 2000 inhabitants.

  3. The Maldives are disappearing, sinking under the sea. In 20 or 30 years, it is assumed that half of the already small land area will disappear. The Maldives do not have mountains, hills, but only plains. They are coral islands grouped in atolls. In many places the problem is raising the water level by 30 centimeters, and for example, 1 meter would spill most of the islands overall.

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4. The Tsunami earthquake on December 26, 2004, in the Indian Ocean, caused serious damage to the infrastructure of 57 islands, 14 completely evacuated and totally destroyed six. There were 21 resorts that closed due to serious damage and 108 deaths.

5. The Maldivian Government has a special fund to buy new land.
Tourists also contribute to the fund, collecting money in the event of the worst. In the event of a country’s threat, land will be purchased from Sri Lanka, Australia, or another country to allow the Maldivians, affected by the loss of home and the country as a result of the flooding of the Maldives, to move.

6. The people of the Maldives converted to Islam in 1153 A.D. and today it is a strictly Muslim nation. Visitors must obey local laws and traditions: no alcohol is allowed (outside of the resorts). Local religious standards for beach wear and public dress should be followed.

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