[div] Widespread. 331,000 in Maldives (2012). Population total all countries: 340,500. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (2008, Constitution, Article 11). Alternate Names: Dhivehi, Divehi, Divehi Bas, Divehli, Mali, Malikh, Malki Dialects: Addu, Fuvah Mulaku, Huvadu, Malé, Maliku Bas. Southern dialects mutually intelligible but not with Male’. Southerners understand Male’ by acquired intelligibility. Users of Male’ cannot understand the others. Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Sinhalese-Maldivian Comments: Muslim (Sunni).