The beautiful island chain of the Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean. It is the smallest Asian country by land mass and is known for its diverse ecosystem. The Maldives offer a mixed economy comprised of mostly tourism, fishing and shipping. The official language is Dhivehi but Arabic, French, Portuguese and English are spoken. Historically dominated by investors from Asian markets, the Maldives has begun to turn to cross-border capital from Europe and the United States to facilitate their economic growth.