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Location of Lakshadweep
Location of Lakshadweep
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Country India
Formation1 November 1956
 • AdministratorDineshwar Sharma
 • MPMohammed Faizal P. P. (NCP)
 • Total32.62 km2 (12.59 sq mi)
Area rank36th
 (2021 Census)
 • Total70,365
 • Density2,157.1/km2 (5,586.9/sq mi)
 • Official LanguagesMalayalam, English
 • SpokenJeseri, Dhivehi
 • Ethnic groups≈83% Malayali
≈17% Mahls
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-LD
Vehicle registrationLD
No. of districts1
Largest cityAndrott
HDI Year2005
HDI Categoryhigh

Lakshadweep (/ləkˈʃɑːdwp/; ISO: Loudspeaker.png Lakṣadvīp (info • help), formerly known as the Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi Islands (/ˌlækədv ˌmɪnkɔɪ...ˌæmnˈdvi/),[2] are a group of islands in the Arabian Sea. They belong to India. Their capital is Kavaratti. It covers an area of 11 square miles (28 km2). Eleven of the 36 coral atoll islands of Lakshadweep are inhabited.

The islands are the only coral atolls in India. The people living there are Malayalam and Mahl people, who have been influenced by Arab traders. Lakshadweep is a Muslim region just like the neighbouring Maldives, where tourism is strictly regulated. Lakshadweep has the largest percentage of Muslims - 98%, even larger percentage than Jammu and Kashmir and is the only Muslim-majority Indian administrative division entirely within India.

Apart from the emerging tourism, government jobs, fishing and coconut production are the mainstays of the Lakshadweep economy.

Territorial symbols of Lakshadweep

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