Maldives Demographics

What is the population of Maldives?

Population 391,904
Population Growth Rate -0.11%
Urban Population 41.2%
Population in Major Urban Areas MALE (capital) 132,000
Nationality Noun Maldivian(s)
Nationality Adjective Maldivian
Ethnic Groups South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs
Languages Spoken Maldivian Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

Maldives Learning

What is school like in Maldives?


Unique to Maldives, modern and traditional schools exist side by side. The traditional schools are staffed by community-paid teachers without formal training and provide basic numeracy and literacy skills in addition to religious instruction.

The modern schools, run by both the government and private sector, provide primary and secondary education.  Primary and secondary education is available throughout the country and primary education is compulsory. As the modern English-medium school system expands, the traditional system is gradually being upgraded. By early 2003, every inhabited island was equipped to provide primary school education up through grade seven. Secondary schools (grades 8 through 10) are available in atoll capitals and on the islands with larger populations. Five schools have higher secondary classes, two in Capital Male and in three atolls. Only around 5% of students go to high school, but literacy is high at 98%.

Seven post-secondary technical training institutes provide opportunities for youth to gain skills that are in demand.

Maldives Health Information

What are the health conditions in Maldives?

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate - female 15-49 34.7%
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 3.8
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 97.9%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 1.4%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 99.5%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 8.5%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.07%
HIV/Aids Deaths 90
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 4.3
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 22.93
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 27.95
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 25.5
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 60
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 23.9
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 12.9%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 75
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 1.6
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 1.3%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 97.5%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 99.6%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.78
Underweight - percent of children under five years 17.8%

Maldives Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Maldives?

Life Expectancy at Birth 74 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 77 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 72 Years
Median Age 26 Years
Median Age - female 26 Years
Median Age - male 27 Years

Maldives Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Maldives median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 15
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 3.8
Median Age 26 Years
Median Age - female 26 Years
Median Age - male 27 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population -12.65
Population Growth Rate -0.11%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.04
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.4
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.43
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.29
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.34
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .94

Maldives Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Maldives?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

There is no 911 equivalent for medical emergencies in Maldives; 119 is for the police only, and the Coast Guard responds to 191 calls for maritime emergencies. A patient would have to call an individual hospital for ambulance services. The quality of medical care in such instances may be uncertain, as most ambulances are ill-equipped.

Maldives has limited medical facilities. There are two hospitals in Malé: the government-owned Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and the privately-owned Abduarahman Don Kaleyfan Hospital (ADK). IGMH does not accept insurance plans, though ADK accepts some. The hospitals perform limited general and orthopedic surgery, but Maldives has no trauma units and a small number of ICU beds. Persons needing treatments not offered in Maldives require evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility, such as in Singapore.

Five recompression chambers are available in Maldives. The largest and longest operating recompression chamber is on Bandos Island (15 minutes by speedboat from Malé). The others are located on Cinnamon Alidhoo Resort, Villingili Resort in Addu, Kuramathi Resort, and Kandholhudhoo Islands.

Maldives Education

What is school like in Maldives?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 6.8%
Literacy - female 94.7%
Literacy - male 97.1%
Literacy - total population 93.8%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 13 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 13 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 13 Years

Maldives Literacy

Can people in Maldives read?

Literacy - female 94.7%
Literacy - male 97.1%
Literacy - total population 93.8%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Maldivian Dhivehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

Maldives Crime

Is Maldives a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Maldives has a low crime rate, but theft of valuables left unattended on beaches or in hotels does occur. Drug use is on the rise among young Maldivians and the penalty for drug use is severe.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Maldives Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Maldives, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. In some places, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. Driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States; for example, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Maldives, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It is very important to know what is legal and what is not legal wherever you go.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify U.S. embassy in Colombo as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

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