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.
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Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of April 17, 2001
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