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Maldives Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of the Maldives?
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Last updated: December 16, 2020
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First submittedMay 30, 2019
Times taken14,850
Average score76.9%
Rating4.59
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Capital city
Malé
Body of water in which the Maldives is located
Indian Ocean
Maldives is composed of 26 of this type of island, a coral reef surrounding a lagoon
Atoll
Per-capita, Maldives eats more of this type of animal than any
other country except Iceland
Fish
Maldives has the lowest average ______ of any country
Elevation
Because of the above, the Maldives are often considered to be the country that
is most-threatened by this phenomenon
Global Warming
Country from which the Maldives gained independence in 1965
United Kingdom
State religion
Islam
Dominant religion before that, from the 3rd century B.C. until the 1200s
Buddhism
Type of natural disaster which devastated the Maldives in 2004
Tsunami
In ancient times, the Maldives provided a large number of these, which were
used as currency in parts of the world
Cowry shells
Industry that accounts for 60% of foreign-exchange receipts
Tourism
Official language
Dhivehi
35 Comments
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Level 71
Jun 19, 2020
Good quiz, had no idea regarding the official language of the Maldives, surprised and not quite convinced that 73% of quiz takers knew that it was 'Dhivehi'.... without doing the quiz first.
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Level 83
Jun 19, 2020
The number might fall, I know it from the official languages quiz.
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Level 77
Jun 19, 2020
It seems to also be known as Maldivian, which is accepted as a type-in.
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2020
It's Dhivehi. Nobody calls it Maldivian.
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Level 90
Dec 16, 2020
Maldivian's easier to remember.
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Level 73
Dec 16, 2020
What do you mean nobody calls it Maldivian? I live in Delhi and my friend from Maldives literally use the word 'Maldivian' for her language all the time. "In Maldivian, this is called ...", etc. I've only heard the word 'Dhivehi' once from her mouth and only when I asked her specifically on it.
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Level 75
Dec 16, 2020
Well, I obviously can't deny your experience. I used to live in Male and have never heard anyone refer to the language that way.
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Level 27
Dec 18, 2020
Same
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Level 79
Aug 22, 2023
The fact that Maldivian is accepted does serve to satisfy Malbaby's original doubt though, I would say.
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Level 90
Jun 20, 2020
Everyone just uses (or tries) Maldivian.
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2021
I know it only because I just read it in your comment.
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Level 73
Jan 11, 2022
Guessed Maldivian which was graciously accepted
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Level 68
Jun 20, 2020
Maybe accept sea level rise for the phenomenon? I get that global warming is the cause but the rising sea level would be the problem at the end
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Level 78
Aug 10, 2020
I tried 'rising sea levels' first before trying global warming.
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Level 66
Aug 23, 2020
Yes, 'sea level rise' is a popular term now.
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Level 59
Dec 9, 2020
Same, and also why is ocean required? Since when does any other quiz require you to write ocean?
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Level 73
Dec 16, 2020
@Xenobiologista, usually when they ask which sea or which ocean does country X borders, you can just answer "Black [sea]" or "Indian [ocean]". However, in this clue you are asked for a *body of water*, so you have to not only type the name of the body of water, but also what type it is (ocean, sea, gulf, bay...).
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Level 85
Jun 20, 2020
No Static Atoll
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Level 78
Jul 5, 2020
Can Divehi be accepted for Dhivehi?
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Level 66
Aug 23, 2020
Please accept 'coral atoll'
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Level 24
Aug 8, 2022
same!! it should be contain/end with atoll
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Level 51
Aug 27, 2020
12/13 Missed Fish!
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2020
Atolhu is a Dhivehi word that means something like province. Maldivian provinces have historically corresponded closely with groups of coral islands that form parts of former shorelines of now-submerged volcanic islands. It's this meaning that has been adopted by others. There are 26 physical atolls in the Maldives, comprising about 1190 islands (so, they're not "islands").
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Level 72
Dec 16, 2020
I guess the fish question isn't correct, since you updated the "fish quiz".
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Level ∞
Dec 16, 2020
Updated.
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Level 45
Dec 16, 2020
12/13 I only missed the fish question. I was guessing type of fish, not just fish in general. facepalm
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Level 51
Dec 16, 2020
This is the first country quiz I've ever gotten a 100% - great quiz.
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Level 54
Dec 17, 2020
Should accept "rising sea level"
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Level 58
Dec 18, 2020
yeah Dhivehi 53 % knew it lol
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Level 58
Dec 21, 2020
Maldivian is a type-in
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Level 65
Dec 20, 2020
You have to accept sea-level rise, it's a widely known scientific term. It has even got its own acronym, SLR.
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Level 54
Apr 24, 2021
So SeXiST thE cApITal Is MAlE!!!
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Level 61
Dec 23, 2022
The elevation thing is crazy. The highest point on the Maldives is 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) above sea level.

So Shaq O'Neal, who is 7'1', is taller than this entire country

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Level 60
Feb 19, 2023
12/13 would never have got Dhivehi
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Level 69
Feb 6, 2024
12, missed “shells”!