270.000 people live in the Maldives, 1/3 of them in
the capital Malé. There are about 20,000 expatriate
workers, mainly Sri Lankans, but also Europeans and
Indians employed in the tourism and education sector.
are of the Indo-Aryan race with Arabic, African influences
due to their geographical location.
50% of the population is under 15 years, an astonishing
number, but easy to believe when one walks down the
main road in Malé. Just before the beginning of school
thousands of children in white school uniforms swarm
the streets eager to go to school.
are friendly, hospitable and peace loving people, at
the same time reserved and in control of their emotions.