|Area|| total: 300 km2
water: 0 km2
land: 300 km2
|Population||359,008 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||Maldivian Dhivehi, English spoken by most government officials|
|Electricity||220V/50Hz (European or British plugs)|
The Maldives (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raajje) are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia.