The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an Asian country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south.
The Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population. Malé is the capital and a populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.