Sri Lanka at a Glance


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Country Name  Sri Lanka 
Size  65,525 sq km 
Location  An island off the south-eastern coast shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean.
Commercial Capital  Colombo

National Anthem  "Sri Lanka Matha" composed by late Ananda Samarakoon.


National Flower  The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
Population  20.9 million.
Population Density  309 people per sq km
Life Expectancy at Birth  74 female, 64 male 
Literacy rate  91.8%

Languages  Sinhala, Tamil and English are widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka, with the exception of remote villages where it might be Sinhala only or Tamil only.

Ethnic Groups
Sinhalese- 74 per cent; Tamil- 18 per cent; Muslim -7 per cent; Burgher (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonist) and others- 1 per cent

Religions  Buddhism- 70 per cent; Hinduism- 16 per cent; Christianity- 7 per cent; Islam-7 per cent
Climate  Low Lands – tropical, average 27C. Central Hills – cooler, with temperatures dropping to 14C. The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, while the north-eastern monsoon is from December to January. Sri Lanka's climate is ideal for holiday-makers throughout the year.
Annual per capita GNP  USD 870
Industries  Processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, and other agricultural commodities; clothing, cement, petroleum refining, textiles, tobacco.
Agriculture  Products  Rice, sugarcane, grains, pulses, oilseed, roots, spices, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs, hides, meat

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Sri Lanka follows the decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) with 100 cents equal to a rupee. Currency notes are available in the denominations of Rs.10,20,50,100,200, 50, 1000 & 2000. Coins are issued in values of Cts. 25 and 50 and Rs.1,2,5 and 10. The intervention currency continuously will be the US Dollar.

Visa  Residents from permitted countries are issued visas on arrival. Consult your local Sri Lanka embassy, consulate, tourist office or your travel agent.

Working Days  Five working days (Monday to Friday)

Business Hours  Government offices 9.00 am. -5.00 pm, Monday to Friday

Banks  9.00 am. to 1.00pm. or 3.00pm Monday to Saturday

Post Office  8.30am- 5.00pm Monday to Friday 8.30am – 1.00pm on Saturday.