REPORT ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF
UNITED NATIONS ROMANIZATION SYSTEMS FOR GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
Compiled by the UNGEGN Working Group on Romanization Systems
Version 4.0, March 2016
No romanization system for Maldivian (Divehi) has been approved at the United Nations conferences on the standardization of geographical names.
In 1987 the Maldivian government adopted a system for the romanization of Maldivian. It was also approved by the BGN and the PCGN in 1988. Minor modifications to the system were introduced in 2009. Notes on its application have been adapted from the BGN/PCGN table.
Maldivian is written from right to left. Vowels are marked as diacritical marks accompanying a consonant character.
The official romanization (1987) is as follows.
Consonants with diacritical marks (used mainly in words of Arabic origin, corresponding Arabic characters and their romanizations are shown in parentheses)
Note. Romanization values for consonant characters with diacritical marks have been taken from the ISO draft transliteration for Thaana (Anthony P. Stone, June 26, 2000, http://homepage.ntlworld.com/stone-catend/Tha02.pdf).
Vowels (އ stands for any consonant character)
Diacritical mark (އ stands for any consonant character)
|އް||(not romanized; marks absence of the vowel)|