Maldives 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 Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Head of government Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Type of state republic
Land area 298 km2
Capital Male
Population 345,000
Religion Moslem (Sunni), state religion
Government and politics
Currency Rufiyaa (MVR)
Gross domestic product (GDP) 2013 USD 2.30bn
Change over previous year +3.7%
Per capita GDP USD 6,666
Swiss colony 49 persons
Swiss exports 2014 CHF 4.2m (prov.)
Change over previous year +32.70%
Swiss imports 2014 CHF 5.23m (prov.)
Change over previous year +49.30%