Among the world’s top 20 cities for highest population density, Malé serves as the capital for the Republic of Maldives. Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a collection of islands in South Asia off the south-western coasts of India and Sri Lanka.
Maldives is considered the world’s lowest nation given its average ground-level elevation of four feet 11 inches (1.5 meters), increasing its susceptibility to rising sea levels.
While tourism is the country’s most lucrative economic sector, international trade does generate some revenue. Maldives exported US$139.6 million worth of products around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Maldivian exported products are mainly fresh, chilled or frozen fish followed by scrap copper or iron according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Malé, Maldives: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Tsunami Monument, Sultan Park and the National Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Malé, Maldives:
- Abdulla Yameen, president (born May 21, 1959)
- Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former president (born Dec. 29, 1937)
- Afa Ismail, Olympic sprinter (born Nov. 1, 1993)
- Ali Ashfaq, soccer player/footballer (born Sep. 6, 1985)
- Laisha Junaid, pop singer (born Oct. 26, 1997)
- Aminath Shajan, Olympic swimmer (born Oct. 29, 1993)
- Unoosha, singer-songwriter (born Oct. 6, 1985)
- Rilwan Waheed (aka Riley), soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 14, 1991)
- Mohamed Haleem, Muscle Load Gym founder (born Sep. 14, 1964)
- Naushad Waheed, cartoonist (born Dec. 15, 1962)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Malé: Maldivian
Population: 156,000 (Malé)
Density: 69,955 people per square mile (27,010 per square kilometer)
Population: 392,960 (Maldives)
Density: 3,415 people per square mile (1,319 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$5.407 billion as of October 2016 (for Maldives, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $15,300
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Malé were unavailable.
Official currency used in Malé: Maldivian rufiyaa
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 20, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Guinness World Records, Explore Records Online. Accessed on January 20, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, The Presidency, Republic of Maldives. Accessed on January 20, 2017
The World Factbook, South Asia: Maldives, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 20, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, List of cities by population density. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikipedia, Malé. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikipedia, Maldives. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Traditionally called King’s Island for its central location, the capital city Malé covers a land area that measures 2.2 square miles (5.8 square kilometers). Malé was home to 156,000 residents in 2014 per Central Intelligence Agency estimates.
Maldives is Asia’s tiniest country in terms of both population and land area. As of July 2016, the national population count was 392,960 Maldivians living over a land territory equal to 115 square miles (298 square kilometers).
Population density is extremely concentrated within Maldives’ capital city Malé with an average 70,000 inhabitants per square mile (27,000 per square kilometer).
For Maldives overall, population density dilutes to an average 3,400 people per square mile (1,300 per square kilometer).
Maldives won its independence from the United Kingdom on July 26, 1965. Maldivians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 26.