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Location: Southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator.

Time: GMT + 5 hours

Language: Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital island. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.

Area: 90,000 km (of which just 10% is land)

Population: 310,473 in 2008 (Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators)

Religion: Islam is the focus of the Maldivian life in every respect, all being Sunni Muslims. Prayers are conducted five times a day in all mosques on every inhabited island.

Electricity: 230-240 Volts -AC

Telephone code: +960

Currency: The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa (notes) and Laaree (coins). One Rufiyaa is equivalent to 100 laarees. Payments in the resorts and hotels can be made in most hard currency in cash, travellers cheques or credit cards.

Passport/visa requirements: Tourist visas for 30 days are issued on arrival only and are free of charge to all visitors in possession of a valid passport.

Flight time: Approximately 10 hours.

For more information visit: www.visitmaldives.com or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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