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A Closer Look at... Sri Lanka
OFFICIAL NAME
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Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
GEOGRAPHY
  Island in the Indian Ocean south of India near major sea lanes, mostly low, flat to rolling plains, with mountains in south-central interior.
AREA
  66,000 sq km / 25,483 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  Slightly larger than West Virginia
POPULATION
 

19,905,165 (2003 estimate)

Note: since the outbreak of hostilities between the government and armed Tamil separatists in the mid-1980s, several hundred thousand Tamil civilians have fled the island; as of year end 2000, approximately 65,000 were housed in 131 refugee camps in south India, another 40,000 lived outside the Indian camps, and more than 200,000 Tamils have sought refuge in the West (July 2004 estimate)

CAPITAL
 

Colombo
Note: Sri Jayewardenpura Kotte is the legislative capital.

LITERACY
  97% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
 

Official: Sinhalese
Other:
Tamil and English

RELIGION
  Buddhist 70%
Hindu 15%
Christian 8%
Muslim 7%
POLITICS
  Won independence from UK in 1948, republic government
INCOME
  Per capita income = US$ 1,010 a year
CURRENCY
  Sri Lankan Rupee (Rs)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC +6
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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  • OurLanka.com - Sri Lankan exclusive web directory for Internet sites of Sri Lanka. Links to the best of lankan news, sports, business, finance, computers, weather, entertainment, music, government, embassies and much more.
  • SriLanka.com - Sri Lanka news, travel, and exports information from SriLanka.com. Visit us online to find exporters from Sri Lanka across a variety of products, places of tourist interest, the best travel and destination deals, and much more.
  • atSriLanka.com - travel portal

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