Maldives Population 2017

376,088

Maldives is the smallest Asian country, both by land area and population. Its estimated population is 394,000, 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 2017Source: 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
Felidhoo541
Muli1,008
Veymandoo1,100
Kudahuvadhoo1,562
Ugoofaaru1,575
Manadhoo1,580
Fonadhoo1,773
Eydhafushi2,808
Funadhoo2,900
Viligili2,925
Dhidhdhoo3,039
Naifaru5,044
Thinadhoo6,376
Kulhudhuffushi9,500
Hithadhoo9,927
Fuvahmulah11,140
Male103,693

Maldives Population Clock

What is the population of Maldives (as of September 13, 2017)?376,088
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)375866
Births Per Day4
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day
Net Change Per Day 3
Population Change Since January 1st765

Maldives Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 19.673 births/thousand87
Crude Death Rate 3.733 deaths/thousand191
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.028 people/thousand71
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.441 years56
Male Life Expectancy 76.51 years48
Female Life Expectancy 78.451 years82
Total Fertility Rate 2.009 children/woman118
Net Reproduction Rate 0.941 surviving daughters/woman126
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.084 males per female8
Infant Mortality Rate 7.042 deaths/1,000 live births143
Under Five Mortality 8.265 deaths/thousand144
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.349 years139
Rate of Natural Increase 15.581 70
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.888 %35
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.234 %30
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.531 %40
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.548 %37
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 8.797 %33
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 6.327 %49
Crude Suicide Rate 5 suicides/thousand114
Median Age (Total) 27.8 years127
Median Age (Female) 27.8 years133
Median Age (Male) 27.8 years123

Maldives Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017375,86650.144%49.857%1252101.56%178
2015363,65750.148%49.852%1212111.68%178
2010332,57550.141%49.859%1108111.8%178
2005304,96850.28%49.72%1016111.69%178
2000280,38450.628%49.372%934111.74%179
1995254,07050.632%49.368%846112.18%179
1990223,17951.262%48.738%743112.87%179
1985189,55152.033%47.967%631103.49%179
1980158,28252.282%47.718%527113.45%179
1975136,43452.558%47.442%454113%181
1970115,70251.679%48.322%385133.07%181
1965102,72353.41%46.59%342142.33%180
196089,87554.449%45.551%299152.69%180
195579,70455.487%44.513%265142.24%180
195073,71556.527%43.473%245140.69%179

Maldives Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020393,08050.126%49.874%131091.35%179
2025417,47950.095%49.905%139181.01%178
2030436,81050.068%49.932%145680.79%177
2035453,25950.06%49.94%151080.69%177
2040468,72350.073%49.927%156280.64%177
2045483,01350.112%49.888%161080.53%177
2050494,21550.171%49.829%164780.35%178
2055500,88450.261%49.739%166990.15%178
2060502,81450.368%49.632%16769-0.02%178
2065501,02650.495%49.505%16709-0.14%179
2070496,61650.62%49.38%165511-0.23%179
2075489,93350.728%49.272%163312-0.33%179
2080480,95250.797%49.203%160312-0.42%179
2085470,24450.843%49.157%156712-0.48%180
2090459,06650.877%49.123%153012-0.48%180
2095448,34350.919%49.081%149412-0.47%180
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations