Dhivehi – The National Language

Dhivehi Alphabet

Ever wonder what’s the language spoken in the Maldives?

Dhivehi is the national language of the Republic of Maldives. It is spoken by a population of about 530,000 people.

It is an Indo-Aryan language closely related to the Sinhala Language, spoken by the majority of the population in Sri Lanka. Dhivehi can be traced back to the ancient language of Sanskrit. The Dhivehi script called Thaana is written in the Islamic style of right to left.

Since the country is at the crossroads of a major trade route, Dhivehi has been shaped by various languages, including Arabic, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Malay, Persian, and English.

Maldivian language has notable dialects. The standard dialect is that of the capital city, Malé. The southern atolls of Laamu, Fuvahmulah, and Addu have their own distinct dialects that are almost unrecognizable by their northern counterparts.

A dialect of Dhivehi is also spoken in by about 10,000 people in the Minicoy Island, in the Lakshadweep Archipelago where it is known as Mahl.

Dhivehi Script