Archived 15th edition home
Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > Maldives

Languages of Maldives

Republic of Maldives. 339,330. National or official language: Maldivian. 1,200 islands; 203 inhabited. Literacy rate: 93% to 95.4%. Also includes Sinhala (1,400), Arabic (300), people from India (1,000). Information mainly from J. Gair 1980. Deaf population: 15,278. The number of languages listed for Maldives is 1.

Living languages


[div] 282,696 in Maldives (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 287,196. Throughout the country. Also spoken in India. Alternate names: Malikh, Mahl, Malki, Divehi, Divehli, Divehi Bas.  Dialects: Extensive dialect variation. Some dialects may not be mutually intelligible with each other.  Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Sinhalese-Maldivian 
More information.