This page "Maldives Facts" will give you a little more insight into The Country of the Maldives, most travellers just think of idyllic resort islands but for the more inquisitive holiday maker who would like to know more, here is some information that may be of interest.
Dhivehi is the official Maldivian language and has Indian and Arabic influences. English is widely spoken and visitors can communicate easily with the native people on Male and in fishermen's villages while on resort islands it is fairly easy to find staff that can speak German, French, Italian, Japanese as well as English. Here are some local terms used in the Maldives.
Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside
Large reef partially exposed at low tide
Island with few or no coconut trees
Big island usually on the outside reefs of the island
Reef where waves break
Small patch of coral a couple of metres below the surface
Clearing in lagoon
Sea inside Atoll
Sea outside Atoll
Coral reef a few metres below the surface
Deep area inside lagoon
98% of the Maldivian population have an average level of education, with high schools teaching all subjects including Dhivehi, Islam, English, Maths, Environmental Studies, Quran, Gym, Writing etc. On Male there are both private and public British schools.
Rufiyaa is the Maldivian currency, one Rufiyaa = 100 Lari and bank notes are 5,10,20,50,100 and 500 MRf and coins are 2.00 MRf and 1.00 MRf then 50,20,10,5,2 and 1 Lari. The US Dollar is the main foreign currency and the main currency of the resort islands, which can be paid at the end of your stay by cash, travellers cheque, credit card/bank card etc. During a normal 2 week holiday if you settle your account with a credit/bank card you will only need enough US Dollars in cash for tipping your baggage handlers, room boy, waiter and anyone else that deserves one, $100-$200 is more than enough to keep every body happy.
January 1st New Years Day
July 27th Extra Day Of Independence
November 3rd Victory Day
On this day in 1988 a terrorist group from Sri Lanka where repelled from overthrowing the Maldivian government.
November 11th Republic Day
On this day in 1968 the Maldives became a Republic for the second time and is celebrated with marches and parades.
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