TOP 10 SECRET FACTS ABOUT MALDIVES

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The Maldives is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean of South Asia

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The Maldives consists of around 1,190 coral islands, of which around 200 are inhabited. The islands are grouped into 26 clusters known as atolls

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The Maldives has been inhabited since at least the 5th century BC by Buddhist peoples, presumably from Sri Lanka and southern India

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The Maldives were occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century, then the Dutch in the 17th century and then later by the British after they took control of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1796

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The Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887, then a republic within the Commonwealth in 1953 before finally gaining complete independence in 1965

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The flag of the Maldives is a white crescent on a green panel surrounded by a red background. The white crescent and green colour represent the national religion, Islam, as well as progress, prosperity, and peace.

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Over 80% of the Maldives’ islands are less than one metre (3.3ft) above sea level. As such, the low-lying Maldives is under threat from rising sea levels caused by climate change

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With a mean elevation of just two meters (6.6ft), the Maldives have one of the world’s lowest average elevations

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The highest point in the Maldives is the eighth tee of a golf course on Villingi Island. At just 5m (16.4ft), it is the world’s lowest high point

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In 2009, the Maldives government held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting as a symbolic appeal for help over rising sea levels threatening the country

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