Country Profile

Republic of the Maldives
(Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyya)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
26 July 1965
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
209 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
179 of 242 in the World

The Country


Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Its nearest neighbours are Indian and Sri Lanka to the north, Indonesia to the east, British Indian Ocean Territory to the south and Seychelles to the west.

The country comprises a double chain of 26 atolls, running north-south. These atolls are made up from live coral reefs and sand bars, which lie along a submarine ridge that rises from the Indian Ocean floor. The largest island is called Gan. Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with the average natural ground level being only 1.5 m (4.9 ft) above sea level. The land area is 298 square kilometres (115 square miles).

The country has a population of 328,500 (2012 figures). The population is made up of 69% Dhivehis, and 31% Foreign workers (mostly South Asian). In terms of religion, 100% of the native population is Muslim, with Hindism, Buddhism and Christianity widely practiced by the foreign workers. The capital is Malé.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Maldivian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Maldives
wikipedia: Maldives
wikipedia: History of Maldives


Text to be added on the development of aviation in the Maldives.


Civil Aircraft Registrations:
Maldives civil aircraft have used the registration prefix 8Q-xx since 1976, with the registration in numbers not letters.

All-time Maldives – civil aircraft register (8Q-aaa).
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Defence Aviation (Maldives National Defence Force Air Wing)

Central Government Agencies

Coast Guard Aviation (Maldivian Coast Guard) – no aviation branch

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS service available
Police Aviation (Maldives Police Service) – no aviation branch

Commercial Aviation

Trans Maldivian
Maldivian Air Taxi

wikipedia: Airlines of Maldives
The World’s Airlines: Maldives

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None known.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Maldives
Maldives Airports Co.

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

None known.

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

No Maldivian aviation magazines known.

Aviation Bibliography

Maldivian Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Civil Aviation Department

Maldivian Aviation Community

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