Maldives Population 2017

436,744

Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives and referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea region. The country is made up of 27 atolls between the Chagos Archipelago and Minicoy Island, 250 miles southwest of India. In 2017, Maldives has an estimated population of 436,330, which ranks 175th in the world.

Maldives is the smallest Asian country, both by land area and population. Its estimated population is 436,330, who live on a total land area of just 298 square kilometers (206th in the world). The Maldive Islands has a high population density of 1,102 people per square kilometer, making it the 11th most densely populated country on earth.

The largest city and capital in Maldives is Male, with an estimated population of 63,000. This is followed by Addu City (32,000) and Fuvahmulah (12,000). These are the only cities with a population surpassing 10,000.

Maldives Demographics

The people of Maldives have an identity that is a blend of the cultures of people who settled on the islands. It is believed the earliest inhabitants were from Sri Lanka and southern India. The Maldives people are ethnically related to those of the Indian subcontinent and are ethnically known as Dhivehis.

There are about 70,000 foreign workers in Maldives, as well as 33,000 illegal immigrants, who make up about one-thrd of the total population. Most workers and immigrants are from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Maldives Population in 2018Source: Shahee Ilyas

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Maldives Population Growth

From 1905 to 1960, the population remained around 100,000 before starting to climb after independence. The population doubled by 1978, and its growth rate peaked at 3.4% in 1985. Maldives reached a population of 299,000 at the 2006 census.

The Maldive Islands has very little room for more growth, as it is already the 11th most densely populated country on the world and has less than 300 square kilometers of land. The country's fertility rate has fallen from 6.4 births per woman in 1990 to just 2.8 in 2000, while the share of older people has grown. Maldives is expected to continue its modest growth rate of 2% for the near future.

About Maldives

Official NameRepublic of the Maldives
Languages SpokenMaldivian
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3.2573
Currencies UsedMVR

Maldives Population Density

Name Population
Male103,693
Fuvahmulah11,140
Hithadhoo9,927
Kulhudhuffushi9,500
Thinadhoo6,376
Naifaru5,044
Viligili2,925
Funadhoo2,900
Eydhafushi2,808
Fonadhoo1,773
Manadhoo1,580
Ugoofaaru1,575
Kudahuvadhoo1,562
Veymandoo1,100
Muli1,008
Felidhoo541

Maldives Population Clock

What is the population of Maldives (as of 11/15/2017)?436,744
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)436,330
Births Per Day4
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day
Net Change Per Day 3
Population Change Since January 1st957

Maldives Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 19.673 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 3.733 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.028 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.441 years
Male Life Expectancy 76.51 years
Female Life Expectancy 78.451 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.009 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.941 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.084 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 7.042 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 8.265 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.349 years
Rate of Natural Increase 15.581
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.888%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.234%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.531%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.548%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 8.797%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 6.327%
Median Age (Total) 27.8 years
Median Age (Female) 27.8 years
Median Age (Male) 27.8 years

Maldives Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2017436,33056.86%43.14%14542.12%
2015418,40356.56%43.44%13952.80%
2010364,51154.77%45.23%12152.71%
2005318,83652.71%47.29%10632.60%
2000280,38450.63%49.37%9351.99%
1995254,08250.63%49.36%8472.62%
1990223,21551.27%48.73%7443.31%
1985189,63752.04%47.95%6323.67%
1980158,38552.30%47.70%5283.02%
1975136,51952.57%47.43%4553.35%
1970115,76851.69%48.30%3862.41%
1965102,76653.42%46.57%3432.71%
196089,88754.47%45.54%3002.43%
195579,71455.50%44.50%2661.58%
195073,71456.53%43.47%2460.00%

Maldives Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2020458,90957.02%42.98%15300.00%
2025489,69557.08%42.92%16321.31%
2030511,76656.97%43.03%17060.89%
2035529,94356.88%43.12%17660.70%
2040546,96156.78%43.22%18230.63%
2045563,11956.68%43.32%18770.58%
2050576,43556.57%43.43%19210.47%
2055584,54756.45%43.55%19480.28%
2060586,61956.31%43.69%19550.07%
2065583,24756.11%43.89%1944-0.12%
2070575,58455.82%44.18%1919-0.26%
2075564,41655.43%44.57%1881-0.39%
2080550,48554.96%45.03%1835-0.50%
2085535,05354.50%45.49%1784-0.57%
2090520,18654.13%45.87%1734-0.56%
2095507,42353.88%46.12%1691-0.50%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer