Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea area, consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, oriented north-south, that stand in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India. In 2006, Maldives‘ capital and largest city Malé, located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, had a population of 103,693.Malé is one of the Maldives‘ administrative divisions and, traditionally, it was the „King’s Island“ where the ancient Maldives royal dynasties were enthroned. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the planet’s lowest country. It is also the country with the lowest natural highest point in the world, at 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). Forecasts predicting future inundation of the Maldives due to rising sea levels are of great concern to its people.