In the Maldives, the Sunni direction of Islam is state religion. A person must be a Muslim in order to obtain citizenship in the country.
Muslim living rules are followed relatively strictly. For example, Maldivier is not allowed to work at bars or drink alcohol. At the same time, the government is trying to curb emerging radical expressions of Islam, as these are considered to threaten the country’s security and tourism industry.
Despite the dominance of Islam, many traditional notions remain, such as belief in evil spirits (jinni) in nature.
Foreign nationals are allowed to practice another religion, but only in private contexts.
- Countryaah: Population statistics for 2020 and next 30 years in Maldives, covering demographics, population graphs, and official data for growth rates, population density, and death rates.
Opens to tourists in July
The Maldives will reopen its tourist resorts on July 15, President Solih announces. Foreign tourists are also welcome, and they do not have to be tested for covid-19 or have documentation that they are healthy. Only people with symptoms of covid-19 will be tested at the airport. Tourism is by far the most important industry for the Maldivian economy and the closure of society due to the corona pandemic has cost the island the expensive. The Maldives has registered 2,217 coronavirus infections and 8 deaths with covid-19.
The first death in covid-19
Maldives reports its first death in covid-19. This is an 83-year-old woman who was infected by another patient in a hospital. The Maldives has so far registered 280 cases of covid-19. In the densely populated capital of Malé, the corona virus is said to spread rapidly. The whole country has been quarantined and important tourism has so far been eliminated.
Support money from the World Bank
The World Bank presents a rescue package of $ 1.9 billion to be distributed among 25 developing countries. The money is a contribution to the fight against the pandemic caused by the spread of the new corona virus. $ 7.3 million goes to the Maldives.
Corona pandemic strikes against tourism
the 12th of March
The Maldives are facing a number of restrictions on freedom of assembly and movement for residents in an effort to combat the spread of the new corona virus, which has caused a pandemic. The Maldives then has 18 confirmed cases of covid-19, the disease that the virus causes. Entry from abroad to the islands is severely restricted, which hits hard on tourism, which contributes with 25 percent of the country’s GDP and generates around 90 percent of the tax revenue to the Treasury.
Re-enters the Commonwealth
The Maldives re-enter the Commonwealth. This happens over three years after the country left the cooperative because of criticism of President Yamin’s government for lack of respect for human rights.