Maldives Population 2020

538,408

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. In 2020, Maldives has an estimated population of 540,544, which ranks 173rd in the world.

The Maldives is the smallest Asian country, both by land area and population. Its estimated population is 540,544, 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 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 76 minutes
One death every 360 minutes
One net migrant every 160 minutes
Net gain of one person every 60 minutes

Maldives Population in 2018Source: By Shahee Ilyas [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Maldives Population Pyramid 2020

Maldives Population by Age

There are 410,561 adults in Maldives.

Census Years

Year Date
20192019
201427 September 2014
200628 March 2006
20007 April 2000
199525 March 1995
19908 March 1990
198528 March 1985

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.

Official NameRepublic of the Maldives
Languages SpokenMaldivian
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3.25, 73.00
Currencies UsedMaldives (Maldive Islands) Rufiyaa
DemonymMaldivan
BordersNone
Name Population Location
Male103,693Map
Fuvahmulah11,140Map
Hithadhoo9,927Map
Kulhudhuffushi9,500Map
Thinadhoo6,376Map
Naifaru5,044Map
Dhidhdhoo3,039Map
Viligili2,925Map
Funadhoo2,900Map
Eydhafushi2,808Map
Mahibadhoo2,156Map
Fonadhoo1,773Map
Manadhoo1,580Map
Ugoofaaru1,575Map
Kudahuvadhoo1,562Map
Veymandoo1,100Map
Muli1,008Map
Felidhoo541Map

Maldives Population Clock

The population of Maldives (as of 4/2/2020)?538,408
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)540,544
Births Per Day19
Deaths Per Day4
Net Migrations Per Day9
Net Change Per Day24
Population Change Since January 1st2,232

Maldives Population Estimator

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Estimate as of April 2nd 2020 is: 538,205

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020540,54463.44%36.56%1801.811731.81%
2019530,95363.30%36.71%1769.841732.96%
2018515,69662.74%37.27%1718.991733.89%
2017496,40261.84%38.16%1654.671734.39%
2016475,51260.76%39.23%1585.041734.53%
2015454,91559.65%40.35%1516.381734.46%
2010365,73454.33%45.67%1219.111772.73%
2005319,60852.24%47.76%1065.361782.73%
2000279,39850.59%49.41%931.331791.91%
1995254,13950.61%49.39%847.131802.63%
1990223,15851.26%48.74%743.861793.32%
1985189,53752.04%47.97%631.791793.67%
1980158,27252.28%47.72%527.571793.02%
1975136,41752.56%47.44%454.721813.35%
1970115,69151.68%48.32%385.641822.41%
1965102,71853.41%46.58%342.391812.71%
196089,86354.46%45.55%299.541812.43%
195579,70355.49%44.51%265.681811.58%
195073,71256.53%43.48%245.711800.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020540,54463.44%36.56%1801.811730.00%
2025522,12859.61%40.39%1740.43173-0.69%
2030519,34157.46%42.54%1731.14173-0.11%
2035538,16657.32%42.68%1793.891730.71%
2040556,27757.20%42.81%1854.261730.66%
2045573,13157.06%42.94%1910.441730.60%
2050586,10056.92%43.08%1953.671730.45%
2055593,00456.75%43.25%1976.681730.23%
2060593,31656.53%43.47%1977.721750.01%
2065587,94356.22%43.78%1959.81176-0.18%
2070578,00655.83%44.17%1926.69176-0.34%
2075564,38155.36%44.64%1881.27176-0.48%
2080548,11854.88%45.12%1827.06177-0.58%
2085530,76154.46%45.54%1769.20177-0.64%
2090514,60654.17%45.83%1715.35177-0.62%
2095501,21654.03%45.97%1670.72177-0.53%
  1. Ministry of Planning and National Development
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1967, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2014 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer