Villingili (Gaafu Alif Atoll)

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Inhabited island
Villingilli is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 00°45′25″N 73°26′10″E / 0.75694°N 73.43611°E / 0.75694; 73.43611Coordinates: 00°45′25″N 73°26′10″E / 0.75694°N 73.43611°E / 0.75694; 73.43611
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Gaafu Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 378.07 km (234.92 mi)
 • Length 2.000 km (1.243 mi)
 • Width 0.575 km (0.357 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 2,837 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Villingili (Dhivehi: ވިލިނގިލި) is one of the inhabited islands of Gaafu Alif Atoll.


In former times, Vilingili boat owners used to decorate their fishing boats with rich and varied decorative patterns. This practice was discontinued in the 1970s.


According to Mr. Ibrahim Lutfi there was a mound in an area of the island that has been eroded away by the currents on the reef. This mound was probably an ancient Buddhist stupa.


The island is 378.07 km (235 mi; 204 nmi) south of the country's capital, Malé.[2] It is located on the northeastern rim of Huvadu Atoll. Traditionally this island is also known as 'Huvadu Atoll Vilingili'. Northern Huvadhu Atoll or Gaafu Alifu is an administrative division created on 8 February 1962, when Huvadhu Atoll was divided into two districts.


Historical population
2006 1,976—    
2014 2,554+29.3%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


The World Health Organization has a local unit there.


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 36. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 

Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī. Malé 1999.

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