Around 301 thousand people. About 99% of the population - Maldivians (ethnogenesis is poorly understood), as well as Arabs and people from the African continent. The average population density of about 832 persons per sq. km AVERAGE life expectancy for men is 61 years, women - 64 years. The bulk of the population are Maldivians (Sinhalese, Indians) - 90%, Arabs - 9%. On the islands lives a few dozen Europeans. The most populous atolls - are male, and Suvadiva Siladumati.