is concentrated on the comparatively larger islands of the archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The approximate population of Maldives is 369,031. Of the 1,190 islands forming Maldives only 200 are inhabited and 87 are used as tourist resorts.
Maldives population growth rate is around 2.732%. The Birth Rate in Maldives is estimated at 34.2 births per 1,000 population while the Death Rate is 6.22 deaths per 1,000 population. The average Median Age of Maldives population is about 18.1 years. The Sex Ratio stands at 1.046 male(s) per female. The total Fertility Rate is approximately 4.78 children born per woman. The Life Expectancy at Birth of the population of Maldives stands at 64.76 years whereas the Infant Mortality Rate is about 53.25 deaths per 1,000 live births.
The people of Maldives are known as Maldivians. The ethnic groups of Maldives include Sinhalese, South Indians and Arabs. The chief language spoken by the local population of Maldives is Maldivian Dhivehi, a dialect of Sinhala. The script of Maldivian Dhivehi has been derived from the Arabic script. English is used as the official language.
A significant part of Maldives population is located in Male, the capital of the island nation. The villages built along the coasts and based on fishing activities are also important centers of the population of Maldives. The chief religion practiced by the people of Maldives is Islam. The majority of Maldives population belong to the Sunni Muslim sect.