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Maldives, Population

The population of Maldives (2002 estimate) is 320,165, yielding an average population density of 1,074 persons per sq km (2,783 per sq mi). The most populous atolls are Male, the capital and principal commercial center; Suvadiva; and Tiladummati. The people are ethnically heterogeneous, incorporating Indian, Sinhalese, Arabian, and African elements. Islam is the state religion, and nearly all the people are Sunni Muslims. The language is Divehi, an Indo-European tongue related to Sinhalese.

 
 

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