The smallest country in Asia is the Republic of Maldives, a country which lies in the Indian ocean region made up of over 1,192 coral islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers. The Maldives total land area is 298 square kilometers and is populated by 324,000 people as of 2012.
In the Maldives, the majority religion of the country is Islam. Tourism is the center of the country's economy and many of the islands of the Maldives were developed to cater to high end tourists. The coral islands that make up the Maldives stand higher than 1.8 meters above sea level, which makes rising sea levels a very real worry for the country's future.