Maldives

Introduction

Maldives (mălˈdēvz, –dĪvz) [key], Divehi Divehi, officially Republic of Maldives, republic (2005 est. pop. 349,000), 115 sq mi (298 sq km), off the coast of S Asia in the N Indian Ocean. Malé is the capital and the largest island.

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