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Maldives
Capital:
Male
Population:
339,330 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The Maldives were long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. They became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.
Government type:
republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $1.25 billion (2002 est.)
Internet users:
15,000 (2002)
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