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Maldives


    • Population:
      261,310 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        47% (female 60,038; male 63,042)

        15-64 years:
        50% (female 63,526; male 67,020)

        65 years and over:
        3% (female 3,537; male 4,147) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      3.58% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      42.8 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      7 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      50 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        65.49 years

        male:
        63.99 years

        female:
        67.07 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      6.17 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Maldivian(s)

        adjective:
        Maldivian

    • Ethnic divisions:
      Sinhalese, Dravidian, Arab, African

    • Religions:
      Sunni Muslim

    • Languages:
      Divehi (dialect of Sinhala; script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1985)

        total population:
        91%

        male:
        91%

        female:
        92%

    • Labor force:
      66,000 (est.)

        by occupation:
        fishing industry 25%






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