- 1,190 beautiful coral islands make up the Maldives.
- Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, they stretch over 35,000 square miles (90,000 square kilometres).
- Ninety-nine percent of the nation of the Maldives is ocean water – sounds like paradise to us!
- The Maldives has a total population of 294,000.
- The capital, Male, has a population of only 83,000.
- We think it’s great that to raise awareness about climate change, the Maldives held an underwater cabinet meeting in 2009 – it was the first one to be held in the world.
- The islands are a great place to head if you love dolphins and whales – at any given time of the year, there are 10 to 12 different species of dolphins and whales that live amongst the coral reefs. Oh how we wish we were a dolphin right now…
- The Maldives ground level is averaged at 1.5 meters (4 feet 11 inches), making it the lowest country in the world!
- It’s one of the safest travel destinations on the planet.
- Friday and Saturday are the two days of the weekend in the Maldives.
- It’s one of the few countries that’s currently experiencing a population decline of -0.127%. Oh if you insist – we’ll pack our bags and emigrate straight away.
- You needn’t (and probably shouldn’t) leave a tip as tipping is frowned upon! Instead, a 10% service charge is automatically added to everything. Nice and simple.
- For some reason, the Maldivian divorce rate is rather high – by that we mean it has the highest divorce rate in the world! The current rate of divorce is 10.97 divorces per 1,000 marriages. The islands can’t be that romantic, after all!
- The currency of Maldives is called Maldivian Rufiyaa.
- The two major industries that support the Maldivian economy are tourism and fishery.
- Apart from a brief 15 years in the 16th Century when Portugal occupied it, the Maldives has been an independent state all through its history.
- According to historians, the Maldives has been populated as early as the 4th century BC. It is speculated that the early migrants were from places such as Arabia, East Africa and the Indian subcontinent, among other places.
We don’t know about you, but that’s left us wanting to pack our bags and jet off, tomorrow!
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