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The Republic of Maldives consists of 1,190 islands, of which approximately 200 are inhabited. They are situated in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and northeast of Seychelles. The islands comprise 26 geographical atolls and 20 administrative groups, and cover an area (land and water) of 90,000 km2 (34,749 miles2), while the land area is 298 km2 (115 miles2) (see map below). The capital city and main port is Malé. The population is 270,101 (2000 census) and Maldivians are descended from Indians, Sri Lankans and Aryan peoples. The official language is Dhivehi, and English is widely spoken. The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MRf).

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Dr. Faathin Hameed
Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources
Ghaazee Building, Ameer Ahmed Magu, Male
Republic of Maldives,
T: +960 332 2625, +960 770 6883
F: +960 332 6558

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Madhrasathul Ahmadhiyya
Buruzu Magu
Male', Republic of Maldives
T: +960 332 6950
F: +960 332 3730


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