Maledives in brief

To allow a glimpse on the characteristics of the Maledives, the FDFA provides key figures on the state, its politics and economy, its population and the Swiss nationals living there.

Government and politics
Head of state, head of government Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Type of state republic
Land area 298 km2
Capital Male
Population 338,442
Religion Moslem (Sunni), state religion
Language Dhivehi
Government and politics
Currency Rufiyaa (MVR)
Gross domestic product (GDP) 2012 USD 2.22bn
Change over previous year +3.4%
Per capita GDP USD 6,566
Swiss colony 45 persons
Swiss exports 2012 CHF 2.81m
Change over previous year -18.6%
Swiss imports 2012 CHF 3.1m
Change over previous year +77.