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Official Name: Republic of Maldives Commonly Name: The Maldives Location: Indian Ocean Area: 90,000 km ( of which about 10% is only land) Number of islands: 1190 (approx.) Population: 320,000 (census 2000) Capital: Male Major Industries: Tourism, Fishing and Shipping Major Exports: Tuna and Reef fish Major Imports: Consumer goods, capital goods and petroleum National Symbols: The National Emblem
The National Emblem comprises a Coconut Palm, a Crescent and Star, two National Flags and the traditional Title of the State. The National Flag
The National Flag comprises a green rectangle with a red border and a white Crescent in the centre. National Tree: Coconut Palm National Flower The pink rose Official Language: Dhivehi Second Language: English Religion: Islam (100% Sunni Muslim) Government: Democratic Justice System: The constitution of The Maldives which is based on Islamic Sharia Head of State: President Mohamed Waheed Head of Government: President Mohamed Waheed Independence day: 26th July Republic day: 11th November Time difference: +5hrs GMT Currency: Rufiyaa (Notes) and Laari (Coins) Exchange rate: MRF 15.42 per US$ (subject to chnage) Official Weekly Holidays: Friday and Saturday Business Hours: Government offices: 0830 1730 Banks: 0800 1330 Airports: International: 1 (Male International Airport, located in the island of Hulhule) Domestic: 4 Seaports: 1 Climate: Tropical Average Temperatures: 30.7 degrees Celsius (Max)
25.7 degrees Celsius (Min) Average Rainfall: 1868.9 mm Electricity: 240 Volts, 50 Hz Television Channels: 3 (TVM, DhiTV, VTV) Radio Stations: 5+ Rajje Radio, Sunfm, DhiFM, Capital FM