Fainu (Raa Atoll)

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Fainu is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 5°27′48″N 73°02′05″E / 5.46333°N 73.03472°E / 5.46333; 73.03472Coordinates: 5°27′48″N 73°02′05″E / 5.46333°N 73.03472°E / 5.46333; 73.03472
Administrative atollRaa Atoll
Distance to Malé151.84 km (94.35 mi)
 • Length1.325 km (0.823 mi)
 • Width0.500 km (0.311 mi)
 • Total466
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Fainu (Dhivehi: ފައިނު) is one of the inhabited islands of Raa Atoll. Fainu is situated in Raa Atoll which is officially known as North Maalhosmadulu Atoll. The island is located between the Kinolhas and Inguraidhoo. The island is 151.84 km (94 mi; 82 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2] From Fainu in a normal boat it takes about over 8 hours to reach capital city Male'.


Issues such as environmental degradation remain prominent. Maldives Human Development Report 2000 highlighted the poor irrigation system at place which is still unchanged. Also, Maldives State of the Environment Report 2002 highlighted the severe beach erosion problem faced by the island (notably the biggest island in Raa Atoll). Moreover, December 2004 - Indian Ocean tsunami left the island as the second most devastated in the atoll.

In 2018, a controversial project by the Maldivian government was set to destroy two-thirds of the vegetation of the island including dense jungle and cultivation land, to build an airport and luxury hotel on the island. The project will confine the residents of the island to just the settlement and they will lose access to half of the island's beach area. Activists have been campaigning raising concern about the need for the project when there is a domestic airport just 25 minutes away [3]


Historical population
2006 251—    
2014 304+21.1%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [4]


Being a small population, the island faces many challenges. Children's education remains a critical issue with every single child having to leave the island for secondary school. The first foreign teacher ever in the history of Fainu School started working in the academic year 2006.


R. Fainu Council



On 31 May 2004, the island won the award for no-smoking by the World Health Organization.



  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Swathes of jungle to be destroyed in Fainu airport project". Maldives Independent. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2018.