INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MALDIVES
Maldives is an Asian Island country located in the Indian Ocean. There is a lot of general knowledge about Maldives, but there are untold stories about Maldives that will surprise you. Do you know that Weekends in the Maldives start on Friday and end on Saturday.?
We will uncover some historical, cultural, food, and religious facts in the article. If you want to visit the Maldives or just want to know more about that beautiful country, this article will surely be an eye-opener for you.
1. The green part of the Maldivian flag represents peace and prosperity.
2. Maldives is the flattest country on earth.
3. The Maldives is believed to sink slowly with time.
4. Maldives is one of the countries that cross the equator.
5. According to World Bank, by 2100 the entire country could be submerged in the Indian Ocean.
6. The Indo-Pacific Ocean is home to the biggest whale shark population in the world.
7. Out of the 1,190 islands in the Maldives, 200 are inhabited.
8. Traditional Maldivian houses were made from corals.
9. President Mohammed Nasheed once held an underwater cabinet meeting in Girifushi in the year 2009. This was the first ever held underwater cabinet meeting in the world.
10. Weekends in the Maldives starts on Friday and end on Saturday.
11. With a land area of 297.8 km², Maldives is the smallest country in Asia.
12. The crescent part of the Maldivian flag represents the Islamic religion.
13. Maldives originated from an Indian prince, Sri Soorudasaruna Adeettiya who was sent away from the kingdom of Kalinga as a punishment.
14. In Maldives, all religions apart from Muslim are not permitted.
15. The red part of the flag of Maldives symbolizes the blood of those who lost their lives protecting the country.
16. Maldives is very famous for its white beaches. This is because the sand on the beaches is made of coralline.
17. Maldives has two seasons; rainy and sunny with the rainy season being more predominant.
18. 5 out of the 7 species of marine turtles in the world are found in the Maldives including the green turtle, loggerhead, hawksbill, Olive Ridley turtles, and the leatherback.
19. Maldives is one of the lowest-lying countries in the world measuring just 2 meters above sea level.
20. Smoking in designated smoking areas in non-air-conditioned teashops, cafes, restaurants, and other food and beverage outlets is allowed by law.
21. There are a total of 26 atolls in the Maldives.
22. Out of the 1,190 islands in the Maldives, 110 are left for tourism and luxury purposes.
23. The coconut tree is the national tree of Maldives and could be spotted lining the beaches of Maldives.
24. Maldives has the highest divorce rate in the world at a rate of 10.97 per 1,000 people.
25. The Maldivian Islands are naturally built from the crowns of a submerged ancient volcanic mountain range.
26. On private island resorts, Maldives prohibits alcohol consumption.
27. Public display of affection is not permitted in the Maldives.
28. When the Indian prince came to Maldives, then known as Dheeva Maari, he formed the Adeetta Dynasty also known as the Solar Dynasty.
29. When visiting the Maldives, you will find most of their houses sitting above the water.
30. Maldives is an Island country with no border. It only has a coastline that runs for about 1,129 km.
31. With the Maldives being the flattest country in the world, it is not surprising that the highest point in Maldives, Mount Villingili stands for just 17 feet above sea level.
32. According to scientists, by 2050 80% of Maldives will be uninhabitable due to global warming.
33. When traveling to Maldives, you need not be afraid of wild animals or reptiles for there are none on the island.
34. Despite Dhivehi being the national language of Maldives, English is also spoken fluently.
35. Maldives is very well known for its luxurious overwater bungalows.
36. In Maldives, anything contrary to Islamic Religion is not allowed into the country.
37. Maldives is widely known for its underwater scene. The water is one of the most crystal clear water on Earth ranking 7th.
38. The tap water in the Maldives is desalinated seawater. Despite it is safe to drink, it doesn’t taste good.
39. The Indian Ocean is home to 5 different species of stonefish, the most poisonous fish in the world.
40. The bioluminescence of the Maldives at night is due to a microorganism called plankton. These microorganisms give off a blue light under the sea which is visible at night.
41. Despite Malaysia being very strict with affections outside marriage which includes selling condoms to unmarried couples, they can be found in private resorts.
42. Dogs cannot be found in the Maldives because their maintenance is prohibited by law.
43. Despite the rainfall and islands in the Maldives, the mosquitoes found there do not transmit malaria instead they transmit a disease called chikungunya.
44. Maldives has a very high life expectancy of 79.89 years. This is due to progress in health and sanitation and investment and aid from international NGOs.
45. Maldivian food is a mixture of Indian, Arabic, Sri Lankan, and oriental flavors.
46. Smoking in work and public places are highly prohibited.
47. Maldives is also known as the world’s smallest country.
48. Whale sharks found in the waters of Maldives are known to attract tourists and scuba drivers all year round.
49. Shells were once used as the currency of Maldives due to their abundance.
50. The waters of Maldives are very rich in coral reefs, which is one of the reasons why their water is very clear.
51. The cowries shells despite being worthless in the Maldives, it is an emblem of the Maldives Monetary Authority.
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