Kanditheemu (Shaviyani Atoll)

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Kanditheemu is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 06°26′20″N 72°55′00″E / 6.43889°N 72.91667°E / 6.43889; 72.91667Coordinates: 06°26′20″N 72°55′00″E / 6.43889°N 72.91667°E / 6.43889; 72.91667
Geographic atollMiladhummadulhu Atoll
Administrative atollShaviyani Atoll
Distance to Malé258.78 km (160.80 mi)
 • Length1.720 km (1.069 mi)
 • Width0.700 km (0.435 mi)
 • Total1,094 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Kanditheemu (Dhivehi: ކަނޑިތީމު) is one of the inhabited islands of Shaviyani Atoll administrative and geographically part of the Miladhummadulhu Atoll in the Maldives.


The oldest written sample of the Thaana script in which the Dhivehi language is written is found in Kanditheemu. It is inscribed on the door posts of the main Hukuru Miskiy (Friday mosque) of the island. The dates 1008AH (1599AD) and 1020AH (1611AD) are written on either sides of the door as the dates for the building and the renewal of the roof during the reigns of Ibrahim Kalaafaan (Sultan Ibrahim III) and Hussain Faamuladeyri Kilege (Sultan Hussain II) respectively.


The island is 258.78 km (161 mi; 140 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2] The island lies on the North West of the atoll near the border with Miladhunmadulhu-Thiladhunmathi atoll borders.

The total land area of the island is 0.89 km2 (0.34 sq mi) and surrounded by deep lagoons on the northern and southern end of the island, where boats can be anchored. The main occupation of the people of Kanditheemu is fishing.


Historical population
2006 1,148—    
2014 1,071−6.7%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 33. 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.
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