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Sri Lanka Overview

Posted by in on 5-28-13

Sri Lanka, [1] formerly known as Ceylon, is in Southern Asia. It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, south of India.

Capital     Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, but Colombo is the commercial capital
Government     Republic
Currency     Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Area     total: 65,610 km2
water: 870 km2
land: 64,740 km2
Population     20,064,776 (July 2006 est.)
Language     Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (official and national language) 18%, other 8%
note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Religion     Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 8% (1999)
Electricity     230V/50Hz (British BS 1363 type plug is most common with fewer (older) installations of BS 546, the circular plug used in India, being present).
Country code     +94
Internet TLD     .lk
Time Zone     UTC+5:30

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