Maldives is a low-lying island country in the north-central Indian Ocean. Its closest neighbours are India, about 600 kilometres north-north-east, and Sri Lanka, about 645 kilometres north-east. It is made up of around 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks. Around 200 of these are inhabited. Barrier reefs protect the islands.
- Region: Asia
- Population: 516,000 (2018)
- Area: 300 square kilometres
- Capital: Male
- Joined Commonwealth: 1982; withdrew 13 October 2016, rejoined 1 February 2020
- Commonwealth Youth Index: 14 out of 49 countries
Secretariat support for Maldives
The Secretariat is currently working with the Maldives to finalise projects, assistance and initiatives that will benefit the country.
The Maldives is a member of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance – the Blue Charter Action Group on tackling marine plastic pollution.