Maldives can be found in the Indian Ocean south of India and Sri Lanka. The 1,190 islands that make up thee Maldives are part of two rows of atolls. Maldives is the smallest country in Asia with a population of approximately 340,000 spread across 200 islands. Approximately 1/3 of the population lives in Male, the nations capital. It is also the lowest country in the world. The highest point is less than 8 feet above sea level.