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Geography of Maldives

Maldives is considered to be a large nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 298 km² (approx. 115 mi²). Continental shelf of Maldives is approximately 34,538 km² (around 13,335 mi²). Maldives is located in Asia. Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. Asian countries include, but are not limited to, Russia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and North and South Korea. Maldives is not a landlocked country. It means that is is bordered by at least one major body of water. The average elevation range of Maldives is 2 m (3 ft).

Neighbors

Total length of land borders of Maldives is 0 kilometers (~0 miles). Maldives has no land borders, meaning that it also has no neighbouring countries in the traditional sense of the word.

Cities

The capital city of Maldives is Malé. The largest city in Maldives is Malé.

Elevation

The average elevation range of Maldives is 2 m (3 ft). The highest point of Maldives is an unnamed location, with its official height being 2.4 m (7 ft). The lowest point of Maldives is Indian Ocean. The elevation difference between the highest (an unnamed location) and lowest (Indian Ocean) points of Maldives is 2.4 m (2 ft).

Area

The total land area of Maldives is 298 km² (approx. 115 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 923,322 km² (~356,495 mi²). The continental shelf of Maldives is approximately 34,538 km² (around 13,335 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of Maldives is approximately 923,620 km² (~356,610 mi²). Maldives is considered to be a large nation because of its total area.

Forest and arable land

10 km² of Maldives's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 3% of all the land in the country. There are 40 km² of arable land in Maldives, and it comprises 13% of the country's total territory.

Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.

Natural resources

As for natural resources, Maldives is known for its fish.