Population of Maldives

The Population of Maldives number approximately 290,000, of which 147,000 are men and 142,000 are women, around 80,000 of which live in the capitol of Male. Maldivian Children Life expectancy for men is 71 and for woman is 72, there are 125,000 children below 10 and 80,000 aged between 10 and 19, while people aged over 65 number around 12,000.


The history of the Maldives shows that the islands were inhabited more than 3000 years ago, and while the first settlers were most likely from Southern India and Sri Lanka, this population would have been exposed to travellers coming from Arab and African countries. The somatic features of the Maldivian people include Indian, Negroid and Arabic features.

Maldivian people are by nature a very warm and friendly race, they are very approachable and hospitable.

President Mohamed Nasheed

Numbers have increased rapidly during the last few decades, but with a population of only 290,000 the country is one of the smallest independent nations in Asia.

Women have always had an important role in the community. In the early history of the Maldives, it was not uncommon to have a woman as a Sultana and it has been suggested that the society was once a matriarchy.

Dhivehi is the Maldivian language and is spoken in all parts of the Maldives. The English language is widely spoken and visitors can easily make themselves understood. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, French, German, and Italian.

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