24 interesting facts about the Maldives

Maldives — this is the place that seems to many to be a real earthly paradise. Tropical islands, white sand beaches, coconut trees, eternal summer, blue water… Remember the «Bounty» chocolate commercial? Every year, tourists flock to the Maldives to enjoy their holidays in this paradise.

Interesting facts about the Maldives

  1. Maldives — these are more than one thousand two hundred islands, but only about two hundred of them have a permanent population.
  2. The total land area of ​​all the Maldives — less than three hundred kilometers.
  3. Fishing is prohibited in the immediate vicinity of the islands, and a huge fine will have to be paid for damage to corals.
  4. Any missionary activity in the Maldives is prohibited by law, and violators face a prison sentence.
  5. About 400 thousand people live permanently in the Maldives.
  6. The main source of income for local residents, oddly enough — not tourism, but fishing.
  7. Archaeologists have established that the first people appeared here about 5000 years ago.
  8. During the rains, all the inhabitants of the Maldives collect rainwater, even quite rich people. Water is expensive here, because there is not a single river in the whole country.
  9. The international airport in the Maldives is located on an artificial island built specifically for this purpose.
  10. There is no alcohol outside the hotels in the Maldives.
  11. The first inhabitants in the Maldives were Buddhists, but for more than eight centuries this the country is Muslim.
  12. There is a morality police in the Maldives.
  13. About half of all marriages in the country break up within a year.
  14. Maldives — the smallest Muslim country in the world.
  15. Different islands of the archipelago are located in both hemispheres of the Earth (interesting facts about the Earth).
  16. Despite the significant water spaces belonging to this state, the total area of ​​all the islands does not exceed three hundred kilometers.
  17. There is only one city in the entire country — Male, acting as the capital. All other settlements — villages and towns.
  18. Seasonal temperature fluctuations in the Maldives are practically absent.
  19. Keeping dogs in the Maldives is prohibited by law.
  20. There are no life-threatening reptiles or insects on the islands.
  21. About 30% of the country’s population lives in Male.
  22. A citizen of the Maldives will lose the right to citizenship if he converts from Islam to another religion.
  23. He lives in the vicinity of the islands over two thousand different types of fish.
  24. Maldives — the lowest country in the world, the highest point here is located at an altitude of 2.4 meters above sea level.
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