Maldives Population 2023 (Live)


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.

The current population of Maldives is 521,965 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2023 population at 521,021.

Maldives Growth Rate

Maldives Population 2023 (Live)

Maldives Population Clock

Maldives Population (as of 3/17/2023)521,965
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2023)521,021
Births per Day19
Deaths per Day4
Migrations per Day-24
Net Change per Day-9
Population Change Since Jan. 1-675

Components of Population Change

One birth every 76 minutes
One death every 360 minutes
One emigrant every 60 minutes
Net loss of one person every 160 minutes

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Maldives Population by Year (Historical)

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Maldives Population Pyramid 2023

Maldives Median Age







Maldives Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Maldives.

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The 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. The largest city and capital in the 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 the 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 Dhivehi.

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

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