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Maldives People

    Population: 300,220 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 47% (male 72,414; female 68,764)
    15-64 years: 50% (male 76,446; female 73,275)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 4,944; female 4,377) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 3.37% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 39.3 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 5.63 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 1.13 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.05 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 38.14 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 68.29 years
    male: 66.53 years
    female: 70.15 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 5.73 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Maldivian(s)
    adjective: Maldivian

    Ethnic groups: Sinhalese, Dravidian, Arab, African

    Religions: Sunni Muslim

    Languages: Maldivian Divehi (dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English spoken by most government officials

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 93.2%
    male: 93.3%
    female: 93% (1995 est.)

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