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Maldivian

A language of Maldives

ISO 639-3: div

Population 282,696 in Maldives (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 287,196.
Region 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
Language use National language. Speakers also use Arabic or English. English is the medium of education in most schools.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: 98%. Thaana script.
Comments Coral island. Tropical forest. Sea level. Fishermen; tourist industry. Muslim (Sunni), traditional religion.

Also spoken in:

India

Language name   Maldivian
Population 4,500 in India (1997).
Region Minicoy Island in the Laccadive Islands in India.
Alternate names   Malikh, Mahl, Malki, Devehi, Divehli, Divehi Bas
Language use Speakers also use Arabic.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 60% to 100%. Literacy rate in second language: 75% to 100%.
Comments Fishermen. Muslim (Sunni), traditional religion.