flag Maldives Maldives: Introduction

Capital: Malé


Total Population: 523,787
Natural Increase: 0.4%
Density: 1,738 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 41.5%
Ethnic Origins: The country is comprised of South Indians, Sinhalese and Arabs. The largest ethnic group is the Dhivehis, native to the region of the Maldive Islands. In addition to the 84% Maldivian nationals, 16% of the population are foreign nationals (mainly Bangleshi, Indian and Sri Lankan). (National Statistics Office)
Official Language: Dhivehi
Other Languages Spoken: English
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Muslims (Sunni).
Literacy Rate: 96.3%

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National Currency: Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR)

Country Overview

Area: 300 km²
Type of State: Presidential Republic. 
Type of Economy: Lower-middle-income economy.
Tourism and fishing are the dominant sectors; high risk of natural disasters.
HDI*: 0.706/1
HDI (World Rank): 104/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from The Maldives, dial 00
To call The Maldives, dial +960
Internet Suffix: .mv
Telephone Lines: 7.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 38.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20182019202020212022
Imports of Goods (million USD) 2,9602,8881,8382,5733,516
Exports of Goods (million USD) 339361286285400
Imports of Services (million USD) 1,3381,3377401,0921,589
Exports of Services (million USD) 3,2453,3811,5293,6994,696

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.


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