Capital: Malé

Population: 336,416 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)

Official Language: Dhivehi

Unofficial Language: English

Main Religion: Islam (Sunni Muslim)

Ethnic Groups: South Indians, Arabs, Sinhalese

Largest Cities: Malé, Fuvahmulah, Hithadhoo, Kulhudhuffushi

Main Sport: Athletics, Football, Netball, Basketball

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

The Day Maldives Embraced Islam (January 12)

Start of Ramadan (June 7)

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (July 7)

Independence Day (July 26)

Hajj Day (September 10)

Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (September 13)

Islamic New Year (October 3)

Victory Day (November 3)

Republic Day (November 11)

Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) (December 12)