Rasgetheemu (Raa Atoll)

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Inhabited island
Rasgetheemu is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 5°48′29″N 73°0′12″E / 5.80806°N 73.00333°E / 5.80806; 73.00333Coordinates: 5°48′29″N 73°0′12″E / 5.80806°N 73.00333°E / 5.80806; 73.00333
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Raa Atoll
Distance to Malé 189.06 km (117.48 mi)
 • Council Rasgetheemu Council
 • Length 0.875 km (0.544 mi)
 • Width 0.425 km (0.264 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 509 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Rasgetheemu (Dhivehi: ރަސްގެތީމު) the first capital island in the Republic of Maldives located in the north province in the north edge of Maalhosmadhulu Uthuruburi Raa Atoll.


Maldivian legend says that a Sinhalese prince got stranded with his bride - the daughter of the Sri Lankan King in Rasgetheemu, the original 'King's Island'.[citation needed]


The name comes from Ras + ge + theemu. The word Ras means rule or monarchy, ge literally means house, and theemu meaning island. The word Theemu came from Tamil word Theevu also meaning island. It probably came from the tamil speakers of chola empire which used to rule northern atolls of Maldives. Theemu appears in the names of other islands, including Agolhitheemu, Utheemu.) Historians believe that Rasgetheem means "the King’s Town" or "King’s Island".[citation needed]


The island is 189.06 km (117 mi; 102 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]


Historical population
2006 504—    
2014 487−3.4%
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. 34. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2018.

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