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Capital: Male


Total Population: 427,756
Natural Increase: 2.2%
Density: 1,426 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 46.5%
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.
Official Language: Dhivehi
Other Languages Spoken: English
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Muslims (Sunni).
Literacy Rate: 96.3%
National Currency: Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR)
Exchange rate (average of the last 30 days):
1 MVR = 0.0552 EUR

Country Overview

Area: 300 km²
Type of State: Democratic 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 20122013201420152016
Imports of Goods (million USD) 1,5541,7331,9931,8702,100
Exports of Goods (million USD) 314331301240210
Imports of Services (million USD) 567692791860998
Exports of Services (million USD) 2,1732,5863,0203,0402,873

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2017


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