World Watch List Rank15
World Watch List Score77/100
LeaderPresident Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Population459,000 | A few thousand Christians
Main ReligionIslam
WWL Rank in 202014
Persecution LevelVery High Persecution

The Maldives are viewed by many as a luxury holiday destination, but behind the beauty of this island paradise lies a strict Islamic regimeAll politicians relentlessly claim that they are keeping the Maldives 100 percent Muslim. 

church life in the true meaning of the word is virtually impossible for Maldivian Christians. Converts go to great lengths not to be discovered by their families and communities. They would not only face strong opposition and pressure to return to Islam but could even lose their citizenship.   

Expatriate Christians, most of them working in the tourist sector and coming from India and Sri Lanka, are also closely watched, making Christian fellowship very difficult.  


The Maldives’ place on the World Watch List remains virtually unchanged, demonstrating that very little has altered in the past year. The new government, inaugurated in November 2018, clearly shows no signs of hesitation in its determination to keep the islands entirely free from religious influence that’s not Islamic.


Open Doors raises prayer support for believers in the Maldives.  


Pray for the Lord to provide opportunities for believers to gather safely.

Pray that God will use the Bible to powerfully strengthen, encourage and nurture the lives of believers.

Pray that attitudes among government officials, especially President Solih, will soften towards Christians and other religious minorities. 

Pray for the Christians among expatriate migrant workers to be good witnesses of the hope they have in Christ.