Holhudhoo (Noonu Atoll)

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Holhudhoo
Inhabited island
Holhudhoo is located in Maldives
Holhudhoo
Holhudhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°45′17″N 73°15′34″E / 5.75472°N 73.25944°E / 5.75472; 73.25944Coordinates: 05°45′17″N 73°15′34″E / 5.75472°N 73.25944°E / 5.75472; 73.25944
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Miladhummadulhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Southern Miladhunmadulu
Distance to Malé 176.84 km (109.88 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length 0.630 km (0.391 mi)
 • Width 0.380 km (0.236 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,638 (including foreigners)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Holhudhoo (Dhivehi: ހޮޅުދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Noonu Atoll. The island is second most populous island in the atoll with 2038.

History[edit]

The island's current population has been pretty recent, with estimated immigration of nearby islanders from 17th to 19th century. But a cemetery was discovered in the middle of the island, which proves that an older population has been living or has lived and abandoned the island before the current inhabitants.

In the Maldivian history, mention of Holhudhoo has been scarce. One notable case was of Holhudhoo Nevin, whose family played a large part in the Maldives history in 19th and early 20th century.

Toponymy[edit]

The name Holhudhoo means Little island (Holhu, Hulhu means little and Dhoo mean island.) as opposed to Meedhoo or maadhoo meaning large island.

Geography[edit]

The island is 176.84 km (110 mi; 95 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Demography[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 1,527—    
2014 1,515−0.8%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Holhudhoo population is a mix of people from all over Maldives. The total population of the island is 2038.

Resident Population (Census 2006)1,527 (The remaining Population works in resorts and resides in capital Male' for education and jobs)

Male 680 Female 847 Age structure 0-18 722 19-25 174 26-64 503 65+128 Annual Growth Rate- 0.38 Sex Ratio 80.28

Governance[edit]

The island is administered by three elected councillors who are elected for a term of three years. The current members were elected from the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and Maldives Development Alliance.

Holhudhoo shares a parliamentary district with Miladhoo and Magoodhoo called Holhudhoo Dhaairaa. The current member of parliament is Ali Mohamed (Alibe) elected as a member of MDP, but later joined PPM.

Economy[edit]

Holhudhoo's economy has been fishing and agriculture based until the early 1990s. The island current economy is supported by people working in the resorts and construction industry.

In the island jobs are mainly provided by Meynaa School, Island Council, Health center and utilities.

In addition, shops and restaurants also provide jobs.

Education[edit]

The island boasts one of the oldest schools in Maldives. Meynaa School was found in 1947 by Ibrahim Meynaa Kaleyfaanu. The school currently teaches up to 12th standard. in addition Holhudhoo Pre School provide education for small children. The islands Literacy Rate is 96.73.

Health[edit]

Holhudhoo has a health center, which can cater for minor diseases and public health. However for major health problems, the people usually take a boat ride to Manadhoo Atoll Health center, Ugoofaaru Regional Hospital or Male'.

References[edit]

  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 10 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2018.