GEOGRAPHY                                          
Location                                          
Latitude 7 6' 35" N to 0 42" 24" S                                    
Longitude 72 33' 19" E to 73 46' 13" E                                    
                                             
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)   859,000 sq. kms                                      
                                             
Number of Islands:   1,192                                      
Inhabited *   194                                      
Uninhabited *   998                                      
                                             
        1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Climate : (Male')                                          
Annual Rainfall (millimeters)     1,617 1,814 1,650 2,403 2,141 1,407 1,951 2,056 2,137 2,049 1,768 1,728 2,141 2,473 2,014 1,659 2,711 1,792 2,002
Total duration of sunshine (hours)     2,943 2,789 2,709 2,826 2,539 2,834 2,858 2,819 2,826 2,740 2,816 2,856 2,741 2,804 2,810 2,963 2,629 2,875 2,822
Annual average of daily                                          
- maximum temperature (degree Celsius)   30.7 30.8 30.5 30.3 30.8 30.7 30.4 31.0 30.9 30.3 30.4 30.6 30.7 31.0 30.9 31.2 30.9 31.1 30.9
- minimum temperature (degree Celsius)   26.0 25.8 25.4 25.4 25.8 26.2 25.9 26.1 26.4 25.8 25.7 25.8 25.9 26.0 25.9 26.1 26.0 26.2 26.1
Note: * R kandholhudhoo , M.Madifushi , Dh. Gemendhoo were completely                                    
destroyed due to tsunami and are now uninhabited                                        
Th. Vilifushi is uninhabited since Tsunami and is currently under reconstruction                          
HA. Berinmadhoo Population was relocated to other islands under population consolidation programme