Country at a Glance

Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of local character, where its people have long spent their days perfecting the art of idyll living. While it is a perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced in your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, with unparalleled underwater scenery surrounding every island.

Time: GMT+5hrs
Capital island: Male’
Total islands: 1,190
Inhabited islands: 200
Resort islands: 105
Population: Approx. 350,000
Major industries: Tourism and fishing
Currency: Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)* (subject to change)
Electricity: 240 AC
Government Working hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday to Thursday
Bank hours: 9:00am to 03:00 pm Sunday to Thursday