What is 'MVR (Maldivian Rufiyaa)'

MVR is the currency abbreviation for the Maldivian rufiyaa, which is the currency for the Maldives or the Maldive Islands. The Maldives are officially called the Republic of Maldives and they are technically a South Asian country located in the Indian ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The Maldives consist of a chain of approximately 1,192 islands.

The Maldivian rufiyaa is made up of 100 laari and is often presented with the symbol Rf or MRF. The name rufiyaa is based on the Hindi word rupaya, which comes from the Sanskrit word rupaya and can be translated to mean wrought silver. The central bank that operates the MVR is the Maldives Monetary Authority, which also issues the daily exchange rate from MVR to USD. The Maldives Monetary Authority central bank is a well-run and organized structure that releases monthly financial reports, monetary policies, and updates.

BREAKING DOWN 'MVR (Maldivian Rufiyaa)'

The Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR) came about in 1947, when it replaced the Ceylonese rupee at par. However, the laari, the subunit of the rufiyaa, was used in the Maldives much earlier, and can be traced back to the 19th century. Bronze coins issued throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries were denominated in laari. These laari coins had their last minting in 1913. Today's laari was first minted in 1960.

Limitations of the Maldivian rufiyaa

You can see many of the world’s currency rates online through currency calculators, although you do have to be careful about the source and realize that they can change very quickly. One of the most common currency conversions is USD to MVR, which typically has an exchange rate of one U.S. dollar equaling approximately fifteen MVR.

The inflation rate for the MVR is currently around 2.50 percent and the most commonly used forms of the MVR currency are the 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50-denomination coins. For banknotes, the people of the Maldives tend to use 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 banknotes the most.

The Maldives have been touted as a financial and development success story. In the early 1980s, the Maldives were ranked as one of the top 20 poorest countries in the entire world. By 2012, however, the Maldives had reached a status as a middle-income country with a per capita income of over $6,300. The country did suffer several financial setbacks, including the 2004 tsunami, and continues to build economically.

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