Countryaah, the Maldives population is of mixed origin. The islands
were probably first populated by Sinhalese from Sri Lanka
and Dravids from South India, but these have gradually been
mixed with Arabs, among others. The average population
density is very high (1,732 residents per km2,
2019). The capital Male (134,200 residents, 2012) is the
only real city; most of the residents live in smaller
villages. Only 20 islands have more than a thousand
The official language and majority language is divehi, an
indian language closely related to Sinhalese. English,
Arabic and Hindi are also used.
From previously embracing Buddhism, the population
switched to Islam in 1153. Virtually everyone is a Sunni
Muslim. Other religions must not be proclaimed in public.