Male is the capital and largest city (in terms of population) in the Republic of Maldives. The central part of the Male city is formed by Male Island. Three more islands are part of the city. Slightly less than one third of the nation's population lives in the capital city. Many, if not most, Maldivians and foreign workers in Maldives find themselves in occasional short term residence on the island since it is the only entry point to the nation and the centre of all administration and bureaucracy. The Maldives is in Southern Asia, and consists of a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India. The climate is tropical, hot and humid but dry during the northeast monsoon (November to March) and rainy during the southwest monsoon (June to August). The official language is Divehi. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan stock of languages, but has a strong Arabic influence. The language is spoken throughout the country, but due to the geographical dispersion of the islands, there are local variations in vocabulary and pronunciation. English is widely spoken throughout the country, especially in the capital Malé and Addu. The main religion is Islam. The mixed economy of the Maldives is based on the principal activities of tourism, fishing and shipping. Business dress is conservative, however, due to the warm climate, jackets and ties are rarely worn. A light blouse and skirt are expected for women. The security risk for expatriates in the Maldives is low. Risks include petty crime, particularly in Male and Addu City, and the underlying threat of terrorism. The currency of Maldives is the Maldive Rufiyaa (MVR). There are no ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted at most resorts and hotels. US dollars can be exchanged at the airport, banks or hotels. Medical facilities are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. The population of Male is 153,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.8% (May 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Male, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Male as at 1 July 2017 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Male is for example 15.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 83.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 18.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Male for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Male) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Male is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Male? Register subscribe to your home location and Male and run your personalised reports.