L1 users: 331,000 (2012). Total users in all countries: 340,500.
1 (National). Statutory national language (2008, Constitution, Article 11).
Malé, Huvadu, Fuvah Mulaku, Addu, Maliku Bas. Southern dialects mutually intelligible but not with Male’. Southerners understand Male’ by acquired intelligibility. Users of Male’ cannot understand the others.
Thaana script [Thaa].