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Sri Lanka:
People

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Population
Definition - World rank and map
21,128,773
note: since the outbreak of hostilities between the government and armed Tamil separatists in the mid-1980s, several hundred thousand Tamil civilians have fled the island and more than 200,000 Tamils have sought refuge in the West (July 2008 est.)
Population density
Definition - World rank and map
326.4 people per sq. km (July 2008 est.)
Age structure
Definition - World rank and map
0-14 years: 24.1% (male 2,596,463/female 2,495,136)
15-64 years: 68% (male 7,019,446/female 7,340,809)
65 years and over: 7.9% (male 783,823/female 893,096) (2008 est.)
Median Age
Definition - World rank and map
total: 30.4 years
male: 29.5 years
female: 31.4 years (2008 est.)
Population growth rate
Definition - World rank and map
0.943% (2008 est.)
Birth rate
Definition - World rank and map
16.63 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Death rate
Definition - World rank and map
6.07 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Net migration rate
Definition - World rank and map
-1.12 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Sex ratio
Definition
at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.88 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2008 est.)
Infant mortality rate
Definition - World rank and map
total: 19.01 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 20.76 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 17.17 deaths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
Definition - World rank and map
total population: 74.97 years
male: 72.95 years
female: 77.08 years (2008 est.)
Total fertility rate
Definition - World rank and map
2.02 children born/woman (2008 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
Definition - World rank and map
less than 0.1% (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS
Definition - World rank and map
3,500 (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths
Definition
fewer than 200 (2003 est.)
Major infectious diseases
Definition
degree of risk: high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea and hepatitis A
vectorborne disease: dengue fever and malaria
water contact disease: leptospirosis (2008)
Nationality
Definition
noun: Sri Lankan(s)
adjective: Sri Lankan
Ethnic groups
Definition
Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Religions
Definition
Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Languages
Definition
Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Literacy
Definition
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 90.7%
male: 92.3%
female: 89.1% (2001 census)


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