331,000 in Maldives (2012). Population total all countries: 340,500.
Widespread. Also in India.
1 (National). Statutory national language (2008, Constitution, Article 11).
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.