Comprising a territory spanning roughly 90,000 square kilometres including the sea, land area of all the islands comprises 298 square kilometres, the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states and the smallest Asian country as well as one of the smallest Muslim-majority countries by land area.
Famous for its beaches and seabed, the Maldives is a destination where everything is a dream. The setting is a true tropical paradise: the turquoise lagoon with its crystal-clear, warm waters populated by thousands of multicoloured fish, the immaculate beach that borders each island with its corolla of sand and coral dust.
Tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)
homogeneous mixture of Sinhalese, Dravidian, Arab, Australasian, and African resulting from historical changes in regional hegemony over marine trade routes
While beachwear is acceptable in resorts, it is typically frowned upon in other locations.
Garudiya — a clear fish (typically tuna) broth
Upper middle-income Indian Ocean island economy; major tourism, fishing, and shipping industries; high public debt; systemic corruption; crippled by COVID-19; ongoing deflation; poverty has tripled since pandemic began