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The Smallest Nation in the World
Sitting in the Indian Ocean, 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, 1,190 coral islands form an archipelago known as the Maldive Islands. Only 202 of the islands are inhabited, and 87 of those islands are exclusive resorts. The first settlers came from different parts of the world, so the islands are a melting pot of different cultures. Some of the music has African influences, but South Asian influence also plays a role in Maldives culture, and so does Islam. There are 270,000 full time residents and some of those residents are off springs of the original settlers who found the islands 3,000 years ago. Dhivehi is the native language, but English is spoken by most of the people living in the capital city of Male.
The Maldive Islands make up the smallest nation in the world, and it's also the lowest land mass in the world. Most of the islands are just a little over four feet above sea level, and all of them are in danger of disappearing due to global warming. The 2004 Tsunami had a major impact on the islands; a few of them were completely decimated by the flood. The government is taking steps to ensure the safety of the islands; the entire capital island is surrounded by a sea wall. The Nation's National Environmental Action Plan is raising awareness around the globe in order to help protect the islands, because tourism and the natural resources found on the islands determine the economic growth of the country.
The white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, and sparkling crystal clear waters that surround this nation filled with Robinson Crusoe islands are nothing, but spectacular. Surrounded by incredible underwater coral gardens and a climate that stays consistent all year long, make the Maldives a tropical paradise with no peers.
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Maldive Islands in a Few Words
Some tourists ask: How long will this tiny nation be above sea level? Most people fear the islands will disappear over the next hundred years, but for those who are fortunate enough to visits this tropical paradise, the future doesn’t matter. Spending relaxing days and nights on a tiny island where time has no meaning is all anyone needs to enjoy life. Maldives Islands is an enchanting and mystical part of the world where the sand, sun, turquoise water, and the taste of the ocean breeze release you, so life is lived in a perpetual cycle of beauty.