The population of Maldives has increased rapidly during the last few decades. However with a population of nearly 300,000 the country still remains one of the smallest independent nations in Asia.
About a quarter of the population is resident in Male’ the capital. Outside Male’ the largest population are in Hithadhoo in Addu Atoll, Fuamulah and Kulhudhufushi in Haa Dhaalu Atoll with 9,640, 7243 and 6,354 respectively. The rest is dispersed sparsely in the rest of the 200 inhabited islands.