Thinadhoo, one of the few metropolitan islands in the Maldives, is situated about 400 KM from the capital city Male’ and is the capital of South Huvadhoo Atoll. The island has a living population of about 10,000 including expatriate workers and people from nearby islands settling to enjoy the socio-economic benefits of living in an urban centre. Thinadhoo is regarded as the commercial hub of the atoll that has connectivity to the rest of the islands in the atoll through a network of boats connecting all the islands with two round-trips per week. Access to tertiary education, health care facilities and the presence of a business community, have been the main
reasons for the popularity among neighboring islanders.