Sri Lanka

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  • Area: 65,610 sq. km (25,332 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 22.235 million (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 0.8% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 76.8 years (2016)
  • Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (official and national language) 18%, English (spoken by 10% of the population and commonly used in government)
  • Religions: Buddhist (official) 70.2%, Hindu 12.6%, Muslim 9.7%, Roman Catholic 6.1%, other Christian 1.3%, other 0.05%
  • Formal name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Alternate names: Ceylon, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Dominion of Ceylon, Ilankai, Ilankai Jananayaka Choshalichak Kutiyarachu, Serendib, Shri Lamka, Shri Lamka Prajatantrika Samajaya di Janarajaya, Sri Lankā Janarajaya, Sri Lankā Prajathanthrika Samajavadi
  • Government type: presidential republic
  • Leaders: chief of state and head of government: President Maithripala SIRISENA
  • Capital: Colombo; note: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the legislative capital
  • Administrative divisions: 9 provinces
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $10,600 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: textiles and apparel, tea and spices; rubber manufactures; precious stones; coconut products, fish
  • Imports: petroleum, textiles, machinery and transportation equipment, building materials, mineral products, foodstuffs
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

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