The Maldives

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The Maldives shares close bilateral ties with the United States of America, and stand on common ground on many issues. One such matter is that of the fight against climate change, which is a phenomenon that the Maldives is extremely vulnerable to. Due to the geographical distance between both countries, the number of tourists travelling to the Maldives from the USA is relatively low. Regardless, we hope that more tourists from the US will be able to visit our country and experience its famed natural beauty in the future. The Maldives is especially known for its diverse marine life, and is home to over 2000 species of fish, including moray eels, manta rays, and whale sharks.

What they sent me:
Another beautiful envelope with beautiful stamps from a beautiful country! While the President is correct in noting that The Maldives isn't a very popular vacation destination for Americans, I don't know why it couldn't be since it's about the same distance away as Bali.

The Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean located southwest of India comprised of nearly 1,200 islands and atolls. It is the smallest country in Asia in both terms of both land and population, and is the lowest country on Earth, averaging just 4 feet above sea level which makes it very vulnerable to environmental changes such as rising sea levels. Tourism and fishing are the main industries.


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The Maldivian people are called Dhivehin and their local language is Dhivehi, although the national curriculum is taught in English. Maldivians are known for their hospitality and traditionally greet any visitor to their island with a fresh coconut drink. The Maldives has a rich tradition of music, dance, and craftsmanship.

The Maldives converted to Islam in 1153 and the religion has played a key role in shaping the society and local architecture. The country is currently working on preserving their coral stone mosques as the structures are unique to anything else in the world, made using a tongue and groove system instead of any adhesives.

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Official Name
Repulic of Maldives

Government
Republic

Current Leader
President
Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom




• Yameen is the brother of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

• He got a master's degree in public policy from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles

• Yameen is an avid sportsman; his favorites are football and cricket

Recommended sites
Presidential Website
www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv

President's Twitter
twitter.com/PresidentYAG

Visit Maldives
www.visitmaldives.com