Maldives (GPS: 3 15 N, 73 00 E) is located in Southern Asia, a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India. The country’s area measurements are total: 298 sq km; land: 298 sq km, water: 0 sq km. This sovereign state is about 1.7 times the size of Washington, DC. The total irrigated land is 0 sq km (2012).
One of the essential features of Maldives: Smallest Asian country. The archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts). Strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean.