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The Maldives

 
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a country in the Indian Ocean, to the south-west of India, consisting of over 1 200 small islands. Its capital is Male and its official language is Divehi. It was formerly a British colony, and became independent in 1965. It is now a member of the Commonwealth. Its industries include fishing and tourism. See related entries: Countries and continents