The Republic of Maldives is one of the South Asian Island countries found in the Indian Ocean. This nation is made up of a collection of atolls that stretch far and wide. This chain of twenty six atolls covers the north all the way to the south. Despite this extensive geographical feature, Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and total area. It covers an area of about 298 square kilometers. This makes it one of the smallest countries ranking at number 206. According to the last official census conducted in the year 2014, the population was over 340,000 people. An estimate done in the year 2015 places the current population of this state at well over 390,000 people. This is a drastic increase placing it at the 175th position in terms of population.
Currency and Politics
The main currency used in Maldives is the Maldivian Rupiyaa. Its administration divisions are centered on the twenty six atolls which have been broken down into twenty one divisions. Twenty of these divisions are atolls plus the addition of the capital city of Male. An elected Atoll Council is set up to administer each division. A new constitution was put in place in the year 2008 which constitutes that president are to be elected after every 5 years. The limit for any president to be in power is two terms. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is currently the 7th president of the Republic of Maldives. He has been in power since November 2013.
The climate of Maldives can be describes as tropical monsoon climate. This type of climate causes Maldives to experience two dominant seasons; the rainy season characterized by storms and strong winds and the dry season that results from northeastern monsoon. Global warming has affected Maldives leading to concern by different heads of state on the safety of its people. This nation is under threat for flooding as a result of climate change.