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Maldives
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1. General Situation

The Republic of Maldives, comprising a pencil-shaped cluster of 26 atolls, lies in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of India. Only about 200 of its 1,190 islands are permanently inhabited. No island is over 13 sq. km. (5 sq. mi.) in area; the highest point in any of them is only 2.4 m. (8 ft.) above sea level. Maldives is important geopolitically because of its location astride or along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean.

Ethnically, Maldivians are a mixture of South Indians, Sinhalese,…

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Editors, The, “Maldives”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M45>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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