Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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The Republic of Maldives is an archipelago of 1 190 small coral islands, of which 198 are inhabited.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Maldives - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Maldives -Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Maldives -Languages


The national language is Maldivian External (Dhivehi). It is written in the Thaanascript and is written from right to left. Small numbers speak Sinhalese, Arabic and Indian languages.

Maldives -Personal names


Maldivians have names formed in the Arab fashion, but they tend to be much shorter, many having only two or three words.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Maldives -Example address format



image Street name sign in Malé

Common thoroughfare types include Magu (Road) and Goalhi (Street).

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Maldives -Post office box


This is written P.O. Box.

Maldives -Postal codes


In 2003 Maldives introduced a new postal code (known locally as Post Code) consisting of 5 consecutive digits.

The first digit indicates the postal region. A 2 indicaties the Malé postal region, a 0 or 1 the Atolls postal region.

In the Malé postal region, the second digit indicates the island, the last three digits the block.

The Atolls postal region, the first two digits indicate the atoll, the next two digits indicate the island and the final digit indicates the ward.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Maldives -Postal code format graphic

For Malé:


For the Atolls:


It is written following the settlement name.

Old codes (4 digits in the format 99[-]99) may be found for a time in address data.

Maldives -Postal code format

Maldives -Postal code specifics

Maldives -Postal code regular expression


Maldives -Postal code level of coverage


Maldives -Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


On 1st March 2011 a new administrative system of 7 provinces External and 1 city (shown with an asterisk) was created:

   Capital * 
   North Central  
   South Central  
   Upper North    
   Upper South

Underneath this level the 26 atolls External have been divided into 20 districts:

   Addu Atoll (Seenu Atoll)
   Ari Atoll North (Alif Alif)
   Ari Atoll South (Alif Dhaal)
   Faadhippolhu (Lhaviyani Atoll)
   Felidhe Atoll (Vaavu Atoll)
   Fuahmulah (Gnaviyani Atoll)
   Hadhdhunmathi (Laamu Atoll)
   Kolhumadulu (Thaa Atoll)
   Male’ Atoll (Kaafu Atoll)
   Mulaku Atoll (Meemu Atoll)
   North Huvadhu Atoll (Gaafu Alif Atoll)
   North Maalhosmadulu (Raa Atoll)
   North Miladhunmadulu (Shaviyani Atoll)
   North Nilandhe Atoll (Faafu Atoll)
   North Thiladhunmathi (Haa Alif Atoll)
   South Huvadhu Atoll (Gaafu Dhaal Atoll)
   South Maalhosmadulu (Baa Atoll)
   South Miladhunmadulu (Noonu Atoll)
   North Nilandhe Atoll (Faafu Atoll)
   South Thiladhunmathi (Haa Dhaal Atoll)

Telephone numbers in the Maldives


Maldivian telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers have 7 digits.Mobile numbers commence with a 7 or 9.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

Every effort is made to keep this resource updated. If you find any errors, or have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to contact the author.

All information copyright Graham Rhind 2019. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.