During the Austro-Hungarian Empire (until end of World War I) the two islands were called Klein- und Gross-Kanidol.
According to statistics it has a current, reported population of just two people, who only reside temporarily on the island in the summer. The inhabitants usually make a living from fishing and agriculture. In 1940-50 approximately 30 people made a living on the island and by late 1960 only two ladies remained on the island. The two residents that live on the island are not original residents.