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The Republic of Maldives is made up of 26 coral atolls, which are divided into 1,196 individual islands situated in the Indian Ocean. The islands are in the formation of a »pearl necklace« and are located about 350 kilometres south-southwest of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).
The capital city is Malé, situated in the South Malé Atoll (approx. 103,000 inhabitants, about 25% of the entire population). The total land area is about 300 km2. The complete area of the Republic of Maldives consists of about 90,000 km2. The combined total coastline of all the islands is approximately 644 km.
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