Sri Lanka

Map of Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Because of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia, and has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. Today, the country is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, with more than a quarter of the population following faiths other than Buddhism, notably Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The Sinhalese community forms the majority of the population, with Tamils, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, forming the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include the Muslim Moors and Malays and the Burghers. Famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts and rubber, Sri Lanka boasts a progressive and modern industrial economy. The natural beauty of Sri Lanka's tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage, make it a world famous tourist destination.

Established
1972-05-22
Joined Commonwealth
1948
Capital City
Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte
Demonym
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Sri Lankan
Country motto
Size
25332 square miles.
Population
21324791
Population density
Based on figures from 2008.
319 per square kilometre. (World ranking: 35)
GDP
At purchasing power parity based on figures from 2008
$93320000000 (World ranking:70)
Human Development Index
The Human Development Index is a combined measure of life expectancy, literacy, educational attainment, and GDP per capita for countries worldwide. Figures closer to 1 indicate a greater score on the Human Development Index. The figure given below is based on figure from 2008.
0.742 (World ranking:99)
Currency Code
LKR
Country calling code
94
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Blog entry FLAGG at 20: reflections from the founders of the FCO’s LGBT+ staff association
6 days 11 hours ago

Jonathan Drew: There are some things that need a very deep intake of breath before starting.  Like writing to the PUS, six months into being a diplomat, to ask him to give his blessing to the formation of a staff LGBT+ group. On a cold November night twenty years ago, with some trepidation, I wrote that […]

Blog entry How to make the perfect Shortbread this St Andrews Day
1 week 2 days ago

In the winter period when our days are cold and rainy we like to do cosy things and having a nice cup of tea with delicious home made cookies, bread or cake is one of them. For St Andrews day we asked our British colleagues to give us tips on some Scottish food which we […]

Blog entry Ben Merrick: dealing with Mother Nature’s destruction after Hurricane Irma
1 week 3 days ago

When the people of the British Virgin Islands went to sleep on 5 September 2017, they knew a very large storm was approaching. But nothing could have prepared them for the devastation they would experience when Hurricane Irma made landfall the next day. The once crystal clear, turquoise waters would churn with debris and across […]

Blog entry Sophie Lott: how the Forced Marriage Unit saves lives
1 week 3 days ago

I have spent 7 years working in the joint Home Office and Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU). As I walk into work, anticipating the type of calls I will handle today still brings a mixture of apprehension but also promise – knowing the unit, every day, has the potential to save lives. During my […]

Blog entry Libya: UK leads the way as Libya re-opens for business
1 week 5 days ago

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