Maldives: population, cities
Countryaah website, the Maldives have approx. 345,000 residents.
Sinhalese, Dravidians, Arabs and Africans live in the Maldives.
affiliation Mainly Sunni Muslims live in the Maldives.
The national language of the Maldives is Divehi. The script is of Arabic origin
and is called Thaana.
Capital, other cities
The capital of the Maldives is Malé on the South Malé Atoll with a population of
approx. 124,000. Other cities are:
- Hithadhoo with around 10,000 residents
- Fuvammulah with around 8,000 residents
- Kulhudhuffushi with around 7,500 residents
- Thinadhoo with around 5,000 residents
Maldives: geography, map
Defined by DigoPaul, the Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean, about 700 km southwest of
India. They consist of around 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean. The length of the
island state is around 750 km - with a width of around 120 km. The Maldives are
among the popular holiday destinations.
The Maldives are an archipelago of around 1,190 islands in the Indian
Ocean. The length of the island state is around 750 km - with a width of around
The Maldives cover a total land area of 300 km² and a water area of around
89,700 km² - so a total area of around 90,000 km².
Of the land area are:
Around 3% of the country is forested.
- Meadow, pasture land
Around 3% of the land is used as meadow or pasture land.
- Fields and fields
Around 10% of the land is used as arable land or fields, especially for
growing millet, maize, sweet potato and sugar cane.
The 1,190 islands are spread over 19 archipelagos and 26 atolls. About 220
islands are inhabited by locals and there are tourist resorts on about 90
islands. The islands that make up the Maldives have a sea coast with a length of
around 644 km.
A selection of the atolls
- Haa Alifu Atoll
- Haa Dhaalu Atoll
- Shaviyani Atoll
- Noonu Atoll
- Raa Atoll
- Baa atoll
- Lhaviyani Atoll
- Kaafu Atoll
- Alifu Atoll
- Vaavu Atoll
- Meemu Atoll
- Faafu atoll
- Dhaalu Atoll
- Thaa atoll
- Laamu Atoll
- Gaafu Alifu Atoll
- Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
- Gnaviyani Atoll
- Seenu Atoll
Longitude and latitude
The Maldives extend over the following geographical latitude (abbr. Δφ) and
geographical longitude (abbr. Δλ):
|Δφ = from around 0 ° to 06 ° 48` north
Δλ = from around 072 ° 50` to 074 ° east longitude
You can find detailed information on this subject under Longitude and
For the Maldives, the following value applies to Central European Time (CET),
i.e. the time without summer time. A minus sign means that it is earlier there,
a plus sign that it is later than CET:
Further and detailed explanations of the time can be found under Time zones,
The highest point of the sun in Malé
Male lies at a north latitude of around φ = 04 ° and thus in the middle of
If the declination of the sun has a value of 04 ° north, and thus the image
point of the sun is exactly above Malé, the sun is perpendicular there. This
happens exactly twice a year, roughly 15 days after March 21st and 15 days
before September 21st.
If the image point of the sun and thus the declination δ is north of the
latitude of Malé, the sun is not in the south at noon, as in our latitudes, but
in the north. In this case, the sun moves from east to north to west, where,
like us, it sets.
The highest natural (nameless) elevation is on Wilingili Island in the Addu
Atoll with a height of just over 2.4 m.
With a height of over 15 m, a mountain of rubble and rubbish in Male is the
highest (artificial) elevation in the island state.
The Indian Ocean
The islands of the Maldives are completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean.
The Indian Ocean covers an area of 74.9 million km², making it the third
largest ocean after the Pacific and the Atlantic. The vast majority of this
ocean is in the southern hemisphere. It has its greatest depth of 8,047 m in the
so-called Diamantina Deep.