The islands are grouped into 19 natural atolls – divided into 20 for administrative purposes
Population = 142,909 (2017)
Area – 9.27 square kilometres
Low lying small islands with flat terrain (average 1.2m above sea level)
Sub-tropical, with two monsoons, hot, humid and dry in northeast monsoon (November to March) and rainy in southwest monsoon (June to August) Sun shines all year through. Average temperature around 29 – 32 degrees Celsius. Generally warm and humid.