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: Conventional form : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Location : An island off the south-eastern cost shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean. It locate between 5 ° 55 ’and 9 ° 50’ North Latitude and between 79 ° 31 ’and 81 ° 53’ East Longitude.
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Dstance : Area : 65,525 sq km
Coastline : 1,340 km
breadth (West to East)

Length (North to South)







225 km



433 km




: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
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9 Provinces (Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province)






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Sri Lanka is a free, independent and sovereign nation. A President, who is also elected by the people, exercises executive power.  Legislative power is exercised by the Parliament, elected by universal franchise on proportional representation basis. Sri Lanka enjoys a multi-party system. In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise

4th February 1948
Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT.
230, 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. If you travel with a laptop computer bring a stabilizer
Population : 21.67 million
Population Density (2019) : 348 persons per sq. km
Literacy Rate (2018) : Average: 92.5%, Male: 93.4%, Female: 91.6%
languages : Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages. Widely English is spoken and understood.
Demography (2012 census report) : Sinhalese (74.9%), Sri Lankan Tamils ​​(11.2%), Indian Tamils ​​(4.1%), Muslims (9.2%), Burgher (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonist) and others 0.5%.

Buddhist constitutes 70.1%, Hindu 12.6%, Islam 9.7%, Roman Catholic 6.2% and Other Christian 1.4%

Climate : Low country – tropical, min.24.6 ° C – max.32.3 ° C and Hill country – cooler, min. 18.4 ° C – max. 27.6 ° C. The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, While the north-eastern monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January
Highest mountain : Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest Waterfall : Bambarakanda, 263m
Economy : In 1977 Sri Lanka introduced open economy regime becoming the first South Asian country to start with open economy trade policy. Sri Lanka’s main exports items are Textiles & Garments, Rubber products, Tea, Spices, Fisheries products, Coconut based products, Gems & Precious Stones. Sri Lanka’s main imports are food products, refined petroleum & crude oil, Machinery & Mechanical appliances, vehicles & parts, Iron & Steel, Fabrics etc.

Sri Lanka entered into Free & Preferential Trade Agreements with India, Pakistan, Singapore & member of Regional Trade Arrangements such as Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) and South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA).

Labor force : 25.3% of the labor population is employed in agriculture, 27.6% in industry and 47.1% in services: 40.4% (2019-Central bank report.) The unemployment rate is 4.4% (2018 est.)



Sri Lanka Rupees


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Rs. 50 Note: Front of the note

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Rs. 100 Note: Front of the note

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Rs. 500 Note: Front of the note

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Rs.1000 Note: Front of the note

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Rs. 5000 Note: Front of the note

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Coins in circulation

New Series of Circulation Coins – 2017

Visa : Please refer www.immigration.gov.lk or www.eta.gov.lk websites or Consult local Sri Lankan embassy, ​​consulate, tourist office or your travel agent for detailed information.
Working Week : Sri Lanka works a five-day week, from Monday to Friday.
Business Hours : Government offices 8.30 am – 4.15 pm, from Monday to Friday. Private Sector: 9.00 am -5 pm
Cultural Heritage : Sri Lanka’s cultural depth is recognized by UNESCO, which has declared six archaeological World Heritage Sites in the country

The sacred city of Anuradhapura

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa

The golden temple of Dambulla

The ancient city of Sigiriya

The sacred city of Kandy

The old town of Galle and its fortifications

(The seventh World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is an ecological

example, The Sinharaja Forest Reserve.)

Important websites : https://mfa.gov.lk/  (Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka)

http://www.tourismmin.gov.lk/  (Ministry of Tourism of Sri Lanka)

http://www.srilankateaboard.lk/  (Sri Lanka tea board)

http://www.immigration.gov.lk/  (Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka)

http://investsrilanka.com/  (Board of Investment of Sri Lanka)

http://www.drc.gov.lk/intro/  (Department of the Registrar of the Companies)

http://www.drc.gov.lk/intro/  (Sri Lanka Export Development Board)

https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/  (The Cantal Bank of Sri Lanka)