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The Democratic Socialist Republic of
Sri Lanka

Official Name:

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Capital (Administrative):

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

Commercial Capital:

Colombo

Independence:

February 4, 1948

Republic:

May 22, 1972

Population:

20,966,000 as of 2015

Primary Languages:

Sinhala, Tamil, English

Ethnic Groups:

Sinhalese

74.9%

Sri Lankan Tamils

11.2%

Indian Tamils

4.1%

Moors

9.3%

Other

0.5%

Religions:

Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam

Time Zone:

GMT +5 Hours 30 Minutes

Total Area:

65,610 sq. km / 25,332 sq. m

Temperature:

Low Country

24.7°C to 32.6°C

Hill Country

18.5°C to 27.7°C

Annual Average Rainfall:

2540mm to over 5080mm in South West

Lower than 1250mm in North West

Telephone Code:

+94

Internet TLD:

.lk

ISO 3166 Code:

LK

Electricity:

Voltage Requirements: 230/240 Volts AC, 50Hz

Currency:

LKR - Sri Lankan Rupees and Cents

Coins - LKR 1, 2, 5, 10

Notes - LKR 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000

GDP at Market Prices:

US$80.60 Bn (2015)

Per Capital GDP:

US$3,843.00 (2015)

Per Capital GDP (PPP):

US$11,061.80 (2015)

National Tree:

Iron Wood Mesua Nagassarium

National Flower:

Blue Water Lily Nymphaea Nouchali

National Bird:

Jungle Fowl Gallus Lafayettii

Highest Peak:

Pidurutalagala Mt. Pedro at 2,524 metres