Sri Lanka

Facts as at 1 December 2004

Full name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Area: 65,525 sq km (approx 25,000 sq miles)
Location: 6o to 10oN, 80o to 82oE
Climate: Tropical (typical 30oC, 85% humidity in Colombo)
Time: GMT +0600 hrs
Currency:Rupees and cents [(USD) $ 1 = (LKR) Rs 104.67]
Population: 19.5 million (annual growth ~ 1%)
Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura
Commercial Capital: Colombo (population ~ 2.2 million)
People: 74% Sinhalese, 18% Tamils, 7% Moor, 1% other
Languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
Religions: 70% Buddhist, 16% Hindu, 7% Muslim, 7% Christian
Literacy: 90% (one of the highest in Asia)
Climate: Tropical (typical 28oC, 85% humidity)
Government: Democracy
President: H.E. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Prime Minister:Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse
Major industries: Processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, and other agricultural commodities; clothing, cement, petroleum refining, textiles, tobacco, rice, sugarcane, grains, pulses, oilseed, spices, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs, hides, beef
Major trading partners: US, UK, Germany, Japan, Singapore, India, Iran, Taiwan, Belgium, Hong Kong, China, South Korea
Mains Power: 230 V, 50 Hz

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Links:  Sri Lanka Tourist Board, *Lonely Planet - Sri Lanka, The World Fact Book - Sri Lanka, The Capital City of Sri Lanka - Colombo, Cultural Discovery Tours of Sri Lanka