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Sri Lanka Facts

  • Name: Sri Lanka
    (long form) Democratic Socialist Rep. of Sri Lanka
  • Capital City: Colombo (647,100 pop.)
    (5,648,000 metro)

    Note: Colombo is often referred to as the capital of the country, since Kotte (the official administrative capital) is a satellite city, or suburb of Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Population: 21,675,648 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
    (conversion rates)

    Sri Lankan Rupee
    20 rupees
  • Ethnicity: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10%
  • GDP total: $59.2 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $6,100 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%

    note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by 10% of the population
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Colombo, Galkissa, Moratuwa, Jaffna, Negombo, Pita Kotte, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
  • Name: Sanskrit sri (venerable) and lanka (island), from ancient Indian epics
  • National Day: February 4
  • Religion: Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10%
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