Formal Name: Republic of Maldives.
Short Name: Maldives.
Term for Citizens: Maldivian(s).
Date of Independence: July 26, 1965 (from
Size: Approximately 298 square kilometers.
Topography: Includes some 1,200 coral islands
in double chain of twenty-seven atolls. Most atolls are
ringshaped coral reefs supporting five to ten inhabited
twenty to sixty uninhabited islands. Average size of
to two kilometers and height of 1.5 meters above sea
Climate: Relatively high humidity but sea
air. Dry season of northeast monsoon December through
rainy season of southwest monsoon April through October.
rainfall 2,540 millimeters in north, 3,810 millimeters in
Data as of August 1994