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Dec 22, 2010

Maldive ISLANDS: archipelagic country with 1192 paradisiacal island.

Maldives is an archipelago consisting of a bunch atolls in the Indian Ocean. Maldives is located south India Lakshadweep islands, and about seven hundred kilometers (435 miles) south-west of Sri Lanka. 26 Maldives' atoll covers an area featuring a 1192 island, about two hundred are inhabited by local communities.

Originally populated Buddhist, but Islam was introduced in 1 153. It later became the Portuguese (1558), Netherlands (1654), and England (1887) colonial property. In 1965 and, the Maldives obtained independence from Britain (originally under the name "Maldive Islands "), and in 1968 the Sultanate was replaced by Republicans. However, in thirty-eight years, the Maldives only see two of President, though political restrictions have loosened somewhat recently. Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of population. It is also the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world.


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