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Inhabited island
Hinnavaru is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°29′35″N 73°24′46″E / 5.49306°N 73.41278°E / 5.49306; 73.41278Coordinates: 05°29′35″N 73°24′46″E / 5.49306°N 73.41278°E / 5.49306; 73.41278
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Lhaviyani Atoll
Distance to Malé 146.61 km (91.10 mi)
 • Total 0.5314 km2 (0.2052 sq mi)
 • Length 1.162 km (0.722 mi)
 • Width 0.584 km (0.363 mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 4,808
 • Density 9,000/km2 (23,000/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Hinnavaru (Dhivehi: ހިންނަވަރު) is one of the inhabited islands of Lhaviyani Atoll.

Hinnavaru is north of the capital, Male'. It has a population of more than 4000 people. There are around 715 houses registered, but people live in only around 480 houses.


The registered population as of June 2012 was 4,676 (2404 male and 2272 female).

As per the census of 2006, Hinnavaru had a population of 3,017 (1358 male and 1359 female). The island had a literacy rate of 96.48%. The population of the Island had declined by 1.04% when compared to the 2000 census. By the census of 2014, the number had declined to 2422.

Hinnavaru is the second most populous island in the Lhaviyani Atoll.


The youth (age 15-20) unemployment rate, as of 2006, was at 35%.


The available communication services are good in Hinnavaru. Both Wataniya and Dhiraagu services are available at good quality. 94% of the population uses communication services.[citation needed] A large portion of the population uses internet service.[citation needed]


Reclamation of land in Hinnavaru was a drastic change in Hinnavaru. The project was carried out by Boskalis International B.V. ING.



As a help from Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) after the 2004 tsunami, a project was carried out in two stages. After the second stage the harbour was inaugurated on 20 November 2010.


Electricity is provided to the island by State Electrical Company (STELCO).

Sewerage system[edit]

A sewarage system was installed by the government of the Maldives, established on 31 January 2011. It was built under the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED).

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