||282,696 in Maldives (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 287,196.
||Throughout the country. Also spoken in India.
||Malikh, Mahl, Malki, Divehi, Divehli, Divehi Bas
||Extensive dialect variation. Some dialects may not be mutually intelligible with each other.
||Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Sinhalese-Maldivian
||National language. Speakers also use Arabic or English. English is the medium of education in most schools.
||Literacy rate in second language: 98%. Thaana script.
||Coral island. Tropical forest. Sea level. Fishermen; tourist industry. Muslim (Sunni), traditional religion.