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Native to The Maldives, India (Minicoy Island)
Native speakers 371,000  (2007)
Language family
Writing system Dhives Akuru (Until 18th century)
Thaana (From 18th century)
Official status
Official language in  Maldives
Regulated by The Academy of the Dhivehi Language
Language codes
ISO 639-1 dv
ISO 639-2 div
ISO 639-3 div

Dhivehi, Divehi or Mahl is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 350,000 people in the Republic of Maldives and Suvadives and also in the disputed island of Minicoy (Maliku), claimed by Maldivians that is annexed by neighbouring India, where it is known by another name, the Mahal language or Mahl (މަހަލް). In the Maldives, it is the official national language.as in different atols the words may change but have the same meaning.