Country's codes

International phone code for Maldives: +960

Standard ISO 3166-1:

    3 letters:  MDV

    2 letters (internet domain): . MV

    Digital country code: 462

Standard EAN-13 (country barcode):-

Olympic country code:  MDV

FIFA code:  MDV


Useful country information

Total area: 116 sq mi (300 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 393,595 (growth rate: ?0.09%); birth rate: 15.59/1000; infant mortality rate: 24.59/1000; life expectancy: 75.15

Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Mal, 132,000

Monetary unit: Rufiya

National name: Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa

Current government officials

Languages: Maldivian Dhivehi (official); English spoken by most government officials

Ethnicity/race: South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs

Religion: Islam (Sunni)

National Holiday: Independence Day, July 26

Literacy rate: 98.4% (2006 est.)

Background:

The latest archaeological evidence suggests that the Maldives islands were first inhabited in around 1500 BC. It seems likely that the islands were first permanently settled by Aryan immigrants who are also believed to have colonized Sri Lanka at around the same time. Subsequent migrations from Southern India and Sri Lanka, served to further expand the population of the Maldives. Arab traders profoundly influenced Maldivian society and culture, the Maldives officially converted to Islam in 1153 AD..

The Republic of Maldives has strategic location astride and along major sea lanes. The country became a republic in 1968, three years after independence from Britain. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.



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