Maldives

Country Maldives
Capital Malé
Continent Asia
Currency Maldivian rufiyaa(MVR)
Languages Maldivian (Dhivehi)

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Introduction

The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government pledged to embark upon democratic reforms including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. Challenges facing the new president include strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. Maldives officials have been prominent participants in international climate change talks due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise.

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Maldives - Wikipedia
Maldives - CIA World Fact Book
Maldives - BBC
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Maldives to receive Japanese grant to strengthen Coast Guard - The HinduMaldives to receive Japanese grant to strengthen Coast Guard  The Hindu

Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Who Is Vacationing In Maldives With Husband Naga Chaitanya, Shares This Post On His Birthday - NDTVSamantha Ruth Prabhu, Who Is Vacationing In Maldives With Husband Naga Chaitanya, Shares This Post On His Birthday  NDTV

A week in Paradise: How Maldives is reopening for tourists - WIONA week in Paradise: How Maldives is reopening for tourists  WION

Rakul Preet Singh and Sonakshi Sinha’s fresh pics from Maldives will give you wanderlust, see here - Hindustan TimesRakul Preet Singh and Sonakshi Sinha’s fresh pics from Maldives will give you wanderlust, see here  Hindustan Times

Nikhil Dwivedi slams Bollywood stars posting vacation photos from Maldives amid surge in Covid-19 cases:... - Hindustan TimesNikhil Dwivedi slams Bollywood stars posting vacation photos from Maldives amid surge in Covid-19 cases:...  Hindustan Times

Kajal Aggarwal's beach looks from Maldives is the inspo you need for your vacation - India TodayKajal Aggarwal's beach looks from Maldives is the inspo you need for your vacation  India Today

Luxury resort in Maldives offers unlimited stays for a year, beginning 2021 - The Indian ExpressLuxury resort in Maldives offers unlimited stays for a year, beginning 2021  The Indian Express

Maldives Is The New Mumbai: Bollywood Celebs Who Are Painting Instagram Blue - NDTVMaldives Is The New Mumbai: Bollywood Celebs Who Are Painting Instagram Blue  NDTV

Maldives with kids: 5 important questions to ask before you book - Condé Nast Traveller IndiaMaldives with kids: 5 important questions to ask before you book  Condé Nast Traveller India

The great escape: Going maskless in the Maldives - Fortune IndiaThe great escape: Going maskless in the Maldives  Fortune India

Sonakshi Sinha soaks in the Maldives sun in a lacy swimsuit-lavender floppy hat - Hindustan TimesSonakshi Sinha soaks in the Maldives sun in a lacy swimsuit-lavender floppy hat  Hindustan Times

Nikhil Dwivedi blasts Bollywood celebs for posting vacay pics from Maldives - India TodayNikhil Dwivedi blasts Bollywood celebs for posting vacay pics from Maldives  India Today

India, Maldives sign four MoUs to boost ties - The HinduIndia, Maldives sign four MoUs to boost ties  The Hindu

Visit Maldives kicks off global recovery campaign - TTG AsiaVisit Maldives kicks off global recovery campaign  TTG Asia

Samantha Akkineni shares photos of romantic getaway as she celebrates husband Naga Chaitanya's birthday in Maldives - DNA IndiaSamantha Akkineni shares photos of romantic getaway as she celebrates husband Naga Chaitanya's birthday in Maldives  DNA India

'Strategic comfort' with the Maldives - The Hindu'Strategic comfort' with the Maldives  The Hindu

Six incredible ways to explore the Maldives by sea, from a classic tall ship to luxury yachts - Telegraph.co.ukSix incredible ways to explore the Maldives by sea, from a classic tall ship to luxury yachts  Telegraph.co.uk

25 reasons why the Maldives is a must for 2021 - The Telegraph25 reasons why the Maldives is a must for 2021  The Telegraph

Khushbu reminiscences her trip to Maldives - Times of IndiaKhushbu reminiscences her trip to Maldives  Times of India

Allowing US in Maldives to keep China out is a heavy price to pay. So why is India doing it? - ThePrintAllowing US in Maldives to keep China out is a heavy price to pay. So why is India doing it?  ThePrint

Naga Chaitanya celebrates his birthday in the Maldives with Samantha Akkineni - Times of IndiaNaga Chaitanya celebrates his birthday in the Maldives with Samantha Akkineni  Times of India

Tiger Shroff’s sultry yet smog-free Diwali at the Maldives will leave you yearning for a similar exotic... - Hindustan TimesTiger Shroff’s sultry yet smog-free Diwali at the Maldives will leave you yearning for a similar exotic...  Hindustan Times

Katrina Kaif shares pics of ‘amazing’ people she spent ‘five days in the Maldives’ with. See here - Hindustan TimesKatrina Kaif shares pics of ‘amazing’ people she spent ‘five days in the Maldives’ with. See here  Hindustan Times

Katrina Kaif shares bright beach pics from Maldives, gives tour of her stunning room with private p... - Hindustan TimesKatrina Kaif shares bright beach pics from Maldives, gives tour of her stunning room with private p...  Hindustan Times

Maldives resort offers $30K 'all-you-can-stay' package - CNNMaldives resort offers $30K 'all-you-can-stay' package  CNN

Escape Covid-19 in the Maldives – all you need to know - South China Morning PostEscape Covid-19 in the Maldives – all you need to know  South China Morning Post

In Armaan Jain-Anissa Malhotra's Maldives Pic, Navya Naveli Nanda's Comment Steals The Show - NDTVIn Armaan Jain-Anissa Malhotra's Maldives Pic, Navya Naveli Nanda's Comment Steals The Show  NDTV

Air Astana to mount flights to the Maldives - TTG AsiaAir Astana to mount flights to the Maldives  TTG Asia

View: India’s relations with Maldives a model for ties with other neighbours - Economic TimesView: India’s relations with Maldives a model for ties with other neighbours  Economic Times

Lakshwadeep For Honeymoon: Leave Maldives, This Stunning Remote Island Should be Your First Choice as Newly M - India.comLakshwadeep For Honeymoon: Leave Maldives, This Stunning Remote Island Should be Your First Choice as Newly M  India.com

Maldives and India look towards a ‘win-win situation’ - Observer Research FoundationMaldives and India look towards a ‘win-win situation’  Observer Research Foundation

US to open embassy in Maldives: Mike Pompeo - Times of IndiaUS to open embassy in Maldives: Mike Pompeo  Times of India

Masaba Gupta And Satyadeep Misra Answer The Maldives Call. See Pics - NDTVMasaba Gupta And Satyadeep Misra Answer The Maldives Call. See Pics  NDTV

When Tara Sutaria ruled the internet; from birthday in Maldives to being a cereal-killer - Republic WorldWhen Tara Sutaria ruled the internet; from birthday in Maldives to being a cereal-killer  Republic World

This Luxury Resort in Maldives Offers Unlimited Stays in an Overwater Bungalow For a Year, Starting 2021 - India.comThis Luxury Resort in Maldives Offers Unlimited Stays in an Overwater Bungalow For a Year, Starting 2021  India.com

India, Maldives sign slew of pacts as Delhi expands strategic footprints in Southern Indian Ocean - Economic TimesIndia, Maldives sign slew of pacts as Delhi expands strategic footprints in Southern Indian Ocean  Economic Times

The Blues Of Maldives Have Got Nothing On The Happy Shades Of Katrina Kaif - NDTVThe Blues Of Maldives Have Got Nothing On The Happy Shades Of Katrina Kaif  NDTV

Pranitha Subash gets scuba certified in Maldives - Times of IndiaPranitha Subash gets scuba certified in Maldives  Times of India

India backs the Maldives to the hilt, as China`s debt leaves a negative legacy - WIONIndia backs the Maldives to the hilt, as China`s debt leaves a negative legacy  WION

Anantara Veli resort in Maldives offers $30,000 unlimited stay deal - Insider - INSIDERAnantara Veli resort in Maldives offers $30,000 unlimited stay deal - Insider  INSIDER

Rakul Preet Singh jets off to Maldives for family vacay. See pics - India TodayRakul Preet Singh jets off to Maldives for family vacay. See pics  India Today

Kajal Aggarwal is a waterbaby. Her Maldives honeymoon pics are proof - India TodayKajal Aggarwal is a waterbaby. Her Maldives honeymoon pics are proof  India Today

Kajal Aggarwal And Gautam Kitchlu, Honeymooning In Maldives, Share Surreal Underwater Pics - NDTVKajal Aggarwal And Gautam Kitchlu, Honeymooning In Maldives, Share Surreal Underwater Pics  NDTV

Fitch Downgrades the Maldives to 'CCC' - Fitch RatingsFitch Downgrades the Maldives to 'CCC'  Fitch Ratings

Pranitha Subhash attempts seabobbing at Maldives - Times of IndiaPranitha Subhash attempts seabobbing at Maldives  Times of India

JJ Robinson on the Maldives' Return to Democracy - The DiplomatJJ Robinson on the Maldives' Return to Democracy  The Diplomat

Japan signs pact with Maldives, announces $7.6 million support for security infrastructure - Economic TimesJapan signs pact with Maldives, announces $7.6 million support for security infrastructure  Economic Times

Football, food and aerial Yoga: Elli AvrRam’s first Maldives trip is sure to kick in your travel bug,... - Hindustan TimesFootball, food and aerial Yoga: Elli AvrRam’s first Maldives trip is sure to kick in your travel bug,...  Hindustan Times

Kundali Bhagya Actor Dheeraj Dhoopar, Vinny Arora Celebrate Wedding Anniversary in Maldives - News18Kundali Bhagya Actor Dheeraj Dhoopar, Vinny Arora Celebrate Wedding Anniversary in Maldives  News18

Qatar locals can now travel to the Maldives without restrictions - EuronewsQatar locals can now travel to the Maldives without restrictions  Euronews

MALDIVES TO MUMBAI - Mumbai MirrorMALDIVES TO MUMBAI  Mumbai Mirror

Luxury resort in the Maldives offers unlimited stays in 2021 - Lonely Planet Travel NewsLuxury resort in the Maldives offers unlimited stays in 2021  Lonely Planet Travel News

Two Maldives Resorts Fund Establishment of COVID-19 Testing Facility - Luxury Travel AdvisorTwo Maldives Resorts Fund Establishment of COVID-19 Testing Facility  Luxury Travel Advisor

Katrina Kaif shares glimpse of 'five days' in Maldives with her team - Telangana TodayKatrina Kaif shares glimpse of 'five days' in Maldives with her team  Telangana Today

Operation Cactus: How India helped the Maldives in November 1988 - Zee NewsOperation Cactus: How India helped the Maldives in November 1988  Zee News

Dheeraj Dhoopar-Vinny Arora's Maldives vacay: Glad to see safety protocols being strictly followed - Times of IndiaDheeraj Dhoopar-Vinny Arora's Maldives vacay: Glad to see safety protocols being strictly followed  Times of India

Dheeraj Dhoopar & Vinny Aroras trip to Maldives gives #travelgoals for couples, see pics - Republic WorldDheeraj Dhoopar & Vinny Aroras trip to Maldives gives #travelgoals for couples, see pics  Republic World

US driven by geopolitical opportunism in the Maldives - Global TimesUS driven by geopolitical opportunism in the Maldives  Global Times

Into The Blue: Farhan Akhtar's Scuba Diving Video From Maldives - NDTVInto The Blue: Farhan Akhtar's Scuba Diving Video From Maldives  NDTV

Rakulpreet Singh's latest photo holidaying in Maldives will give you major travel goals - DNA IndiaRakulpreet Singh's latest photo holidaying in Maldives will give you major travel goals  DNA India

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives to reopen on December 5 - http://www.hotelierindia.com/The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives to reopen on December 5  http://www.hotelierindia.com/

How India is reaching out to Maldives, Cambodia, Myanmar with heritage diplomacy - THE WEEKHow India is reaching out to Maldives, Cambodia, Myanmar with heritage diplomacy  THE WEEK

Inside Bollywood's Maldives vacay, from Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani to Katrina. All pics - India TodayInside Bollywood's Maldives vacay, from Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani to Katrina. All pics  India Today

US to Open Embassy in Maldives Amid Geopolitics Competition with China - VOA AsiaUS to Open Embassy in Maldives Amid Geopolitics Competition with China  VOA Asia

Indian Foreign Secretary's Maldives visit to elevate strategic ties in Indian Ocean - Economic TimesIndian Foreign Secretary's Maldives visit to elevate strategic ties in Indian Ocean  Economic Times

Shibani Dandekar models for Farhan Akhtar at their Maldives vacation. See latest pic - Hindustan TimesShibani Dandekar models for Farhan Akhtar at their Maldives vacation. See latest pic  Hindustan Times

Shringla's visit further consolidates India-Maldives close relations: High commission - BW BusinessworldShringla's visit further consolidates India-Maldives close relations: High commission  BW Businessworld

From Taapsee to Kajal and Samantha, Kollywood actresses find the Maldives irresistible - Times of IndiaFrom Taapsee to Kajal and Samantha, Kollywood actresses find the Maldives irresistible  Times of India

Bookmark these bold looks of Bollywood divas from the Maldives for your next vacay - Times NowBookmark these bold looks of Bollywood divas from the Maldives for your next vacay  Times Now

US counters China in Sri Lanka and Maldives by driving a wedge - Nikkei Asian ReviewUS counters China in Sri Lanka and Maldives by driving a wedge  Nikkei Asian Review

Actor Katrina Kaif finds 'paradise' in Maldives - Telangana TodayActor Katrina Kaif finds 'paradise' in Maldives  Telangana Today

Vacationing at Maldives cheaper this winter - Times of IndiaVacationing at Maldives cheaper this winter  Times of India

Kajal Aggarwal stuns in red, shares pics from Maldives honeymoon, husband Gautam ‘grateful for being... - Hindustan TimesKajal Aggarwal stuns in red, shares pics from Maldives honeymoon, husband Gautam ‘grateful for being...  Hindustan Times

Air Astana Launches Direct Flights to the Maldives - AviationPros.comAir Astana Launches Direct Flights to the Maldives  AviationPros.com

Indo-Pacific engagement should benefit development priorities: Maldives President Spokesperson - WIONIndo-Pacific engagement should benefit development priorities: Maldives President Spokesperson  WION

India-Maldives partnership has grown in all areas of development: Maldives Foreign Minister - Times of IndiaIndia-Maldives partnership has grown in all areas of development: Maldives Foreign Minister  Times of India

Live in Overwater Bungalow in the Maldives for only $2500 a Month - Travel Off PathLive in Overwater Bungalow in the Maldives for only $2500 a Month  Travel Off Path

Maldives tourist arrivals since border reopening exceed 60,000 - RaajjemvMaldives tourist arrivals since border reopening exceed 60,000  Raajjemv

Seaplane from Maldives to arrive in Gujarat today - The Indian ExpressSeaplane from Maldives to arrive in Gujarat today  The Indian Express

Maldives opens new COVID-19 testing lab in Dharavandhoo as cases continue to surge - Republic WorldMaldives opens new COVID-19 testing lab in Dharavandhoo as cases continue to surge  Republic World

Maldives holidays: There are plenty of big bargains to suit all budgets - and there's no quarantine - Daily MailMaldives holidays: There are plenty of big bargains to suit all budgets - and there's no quarantine  Daily Mail

Forget the Maldives, you can soon hop aboard new age seaplanes in India - HappytripsForget the Maldives, you can soon hop aboard new age seaplanes in India  Happytrips

Visit Maldives commences month-long global media campaign - The EditionVisit Maldives commences month-long global media campaign  The Edition

Maldives Covid-19 tally reaches 12,758 with Monday's 150 new cases - RaajjemvMaldives Covid-19 tally reaches 12,758 with Monday's 150 new cases  Raajjemv

Disha Patani loved Tiger Shroff's Maldives backflip, but did you see how Kunal Kemmu reacted? - India TodayDisha Patani loved Tiger Shroff's Maldives backflip, but did you see how Kunal Kemmu reacted?  India Today

Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation launches major campaign with Skyscanner - Travel Daily News InternationalMaldives Marketing and PR Corporation launches major campaign with Skyscanner  Travel Daily News International

I may be stranded in the Maldives thanks to lockdown – what could be better? - Telegraph.co.ukI may be stranded in the Maldives thanks to lockdown – what could be better?  Telegraph.co.uk

36th Universal Periodic Review: UK statement on Maldives - GOV.UK36th Universal Periodic Review: UK statement on Maldives  GOV.UK

Wheels up for trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia: Pompeo - Hindustan TimesWheels up for trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia: Pompeo  Hindustan Times

Planning a vacation to Maldives? Check out celebrity preferred hotspots - Asianet News NewsablePlanning a vacation to Maldives? Check out celebrity preferred hotspots  Asianet News Newsable

Seaplane from Maldives arrives in Ahmedabad; PM Modi to take inaugural flight - MintSeaplane from Maldives arrives in Ahmedabad; PM Modi to take inaugural flight  Mint

Visit Maldives commences campaign with VOOT India - The EditionVisit Maldives commences campaign with VOOT India  The Edition

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives Reopens December 5 - Hospitality NetThe Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives Reopens December 5  Hospitality Net

The greatest overwater villas in the Maldives for families, honeymooners and ocean obsessives - The TelegraphThe greatest overwater villas in the Maldives for families, honeymooners and ocean obsessives  The Telegraph

Malaysia, Maldives, US... Karur kai murukku tours the world - The New Indian ExpressMalaysia, Maldives, US... Karur kai murukku tours the world  The New Indian Express

Paradise Found: Why travelling to the Maldives during COVID is so worth it - Lifestyle AsiaParadise Found: Why travelling to the Maldives during COVID is so worth it  Lifestyle Asia

Surge in demand for Maldives following corridor addition - TTGSurge in demand for Maldives following corridor addition  TTG

JA Manafaru Maldives reopens following Covid-19 shutdown | News - Breaking Travel NewsJA Manafaru Maldives reopens following Covid-19 shutdown | News  Breaking Travel News

9 Mistakes to Avoid in the Maldives - Travel + Leisure9 Mistakes to Avoid in the Maldives  Travel + Leisure

The Maldives is now open to all global tourists. Here's how they're doing it - CNNThe Maldives is now open to all global tourists. Here's how they're doing it  CNN